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Posted by Charlie ( on May 19, 2003 at 12:34:48:

In Reply to: Right hand finger alternations 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?
: Thanks
: Kim

I wouldn't try to follow any rules too closely where right hand finger technique is concerned. Some bass lines don't lend themselves to alternating the index and middle finger in too strict a manner. I play upright and electric and pretty much use the same alternation patterns on both. The only real difference is the angle of my right hand. I vary it more on electric. The primary concern is to get a nice even sound, whichever finger pattern you use. Use your own judgement and go for what feels and works the best for what you're playing. I've come to that conclusion after thirty years of playing and trying everything that I've seen or heard of. It all comes down to one simple rule: make it sound good.

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