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Posted by Kim ( on May 13, 2003 at 12:27:11:

Hey bass lovers,
I have been playing the double bass now for over two years. Basically playing a lot of bluegrass/gospel and country. I have always loved the blues and have recently bought an electric bass to develop my skills. I practice stuff on my upright and then move to the electric and vise versa. My problem is my finger alternations of the right hand. When I play the upright, I have more of an angled position of my fingers (r) as they play across the strings. With the electric, it is more upward using the tips of my fingers. I have been told that a proper technique is to alternate index and second finger 1-2 or 2-1 but that it was important to maintain this alternation as you change notes. I have been practicing this and can see how it is very effective to alternate. It seems to work very well as you play the left and right hand and it all comes together, however, it is very difficult to keep this up at all times. Does anyone know if this technique is to be used at all times and the alternation is consistent with each change???? Or do you find yourself using the index finger more frequently?? Advice anyone?

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