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Re: fretting styles, thumbs, & . .

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Posted by Doug ( on March 07, 2004 at 06:44:46:

In Reply to: fretting styles, thumbs, & . . posted by Doug on February 28, 2004 at 07:37:56:

: I'm learning from books (not the best way I know) and they all teach "1st finger first fret, second finger second fret . . . 4th fret" and this is a commom style I see.

: I once read of another fingering, 'Similan' or something like that, used by upright bassists.

: Lately I've seen a few well known bassists with their thumb wrapped round the neck. What are they doing?

: Is there more than the one standard fretting method that is valid for electric basses?


: When I practice exercises I use the 1st - 4th fingers ok but when I get focused on playing I tend to use two or three fingers and slide up and down the neck a lot. Is this bad? Should I try to subdue my natural movements?

: I have special trouble above the ninth fret because the neck is wider than my small finger from that point.

: Most 'famous' bassists seem to have extra long fingers.

: Thanks,

: Doug

I recently bought a VCD of Billy Sheehan, and he wraps his thumb around the neck nearly all the time; I've also seen Paul McCartney(eh?) and Sting & others do the same. Are they fretting or just wrapping??


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