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Posted by yy on January 01, 2001 at 21:56:39:

In Reply to: Various and sundry 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?

Okay, i'm no professional, but i totally agree with "Anonymous" on this one--using the bass guitar fingerings is not a great idea. In most situations, it's just not practical to use the 3rd finger instead of the 4th. You won't get as wide of a reach, which will cause you to be less efficient when you're trying to get to the next note. Not to mention when you're crossing strings.

Also, by trying to compensate for the shorter reach, you could be causing a strain on your fingers which may contribute to "clicking" and possibly pain in the future.

just my humble opinion :)

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