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Re: "choppy" two finger technique

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Posted by Charlie ( on August 23, 2002 at 12:00:41:

In Reply to: Re: "choppy" two finger technique posted by A on August 23, 2002 at 06:06:21:

: What I meant was that my first finger makes a certain sound and my second finger makes a heavier sound, so when I play (even with good timing) the notes alternate, i.e. soft, heavy, soft, heavy, soft, heavy, etc.

An exercise I've used to help that is to lay my hand flat on a surface and slap each finger against the surface alternataly without lifting my palm. You will immediately see which finger tend to be stronger. You may need to lift your third and fourth fingers a bit with your second finger to get an accurate idea, since they often move with the second finger. Do this, trying to create an even slap with each finger and keep it up for a few minutes increasing speed slowly. Over time it will limber up both fingers as well as strengthen the weaker of the the two. If it's your first finger that's weaker, you could also "swing" that finger back and forth with a wide swing to stretch the tendon in the palm. Often bass players hook the first finger when plucking a string, rather than playing with the full finger while doing the opposite with the second finger. This can create an uneven strike between the two as you describe.
P.S. Don't tell Jeff Berlin I said any of this!

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