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Re: Playing chords.

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Posted by rumblethump on April 27, 2001 at 12:17:19:

In Reply to: Re: Playing chords. posted by Dave Wood on April 27, 2001 at 03:38:52:

Start playing chord arpeggios fingerstyle, one finger from your right hand for
each string. Practice until each note is distinct. Then try all your fingers
at once. It will come. Practice in the upper registers (up on the neck) to get more distinct chords. Low register chords sound great when used properly but take better technique. Sometimes I use my thumb as the first note and the next
3 fingers. Experiment. Hope this helps.

: : Currently when I'm playing chords on my bass I have to use a pick. Every
: : time I try using my fingers to play a chord it just doesn't sound right.
: : Is it just a fact of life I have to use the pick, or is there a technique I haven't figured yet???
: : Thanx a lot.
: : .........Richy.

: There must be many ways of playing chords and it sure ain't easy to explain without showing. But here I go:
: Put your hand in a fist and open it up above the strings, the finger tips or actually the nails should hit the strings when your fingers are straitning up. It pretty much sounds like using a pick as your finger nails are quite hard.
: Well, as I said there must be many ways of playing chords, but this is a style I use, I first picked it up from Les Claypool but I've seen others use it too. Come to think of it Michael Manring strums like with a pick but instead of the pick he uses his nails. I quess the thing is to use your nails.

: Dave Wood

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