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Posted by Francis X. on December 30, 2001 at 08:28:31:

Dear Friends:Greetings for the New Year. I have a couple of questions that I hope you professionals can help me with:
1}I am re-learning how to play DB after not touchimg one for 20+ years. Yes,I did get a teacher when I got the bass last March,but he is only available on a once a montn basis. Now that I can play well enough to jam with other dillatntes,I find that on certain Pop tunes(My Girl;Stand By Me),I automatically revert to bass guitar fingering,using the 3rd finger a great deal.Definitely not what Simandl had in mind. When I practice from the Simandl or other DB texts,I resume proper fingering. Any harm in using those old bass guitar fingerings?

2)My fingers on both hands now click when I flex them towards my palms;I believe that I may have tendonitis. Not very painful,but disconcerting. Anyone experience this?

3}I cut some 1/8" shims from particleboard and put them under the feet of my bass'bridge. The sound was greatly improved,and all buzzing ceased. The G string was nasal and noticeably louder then the other strings,so I strip the insulation from some speaker wire and placed it between the string and the bridge,resulted in a very balanced sound form all stings. Any thoughts on how my luthier can improve on these home remedies?

Thanks,Francis X.

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