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Re: Beginning bass, Carol Kaye, etc.

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Posted by Carol Kaye on December 29, 1999 at 03:14:37:

In Reply to: Beginning bass, Carol Kaye, etc. posted by Steve on December 28, 1999 at 11:22:39:

: I agree with Carol, too. Some people can teach themselves, some can't. I do wonder about some of the new method books that have the "1 finger to a fret" approach. I guess it comes from my double bass background. I don't know how great an idea it is to stretch your hand out like that. I tend to use 1,2 and 4. It keeps my hand more relaxed.

: Knowing how to "play bass" is important. I think alot of people have technique to spare but can't put 12 good measures of blues together to save their life. I do think that scales are important. I think they give you a good understanding of theory and key, and that is important. I don't think that scales should be the end all of your learning.

: This is a great board, lots of great discusison and ideas. It's always nice to hear other ideas and make yourself think and evaluate your playing, or teaching.
Steve, you're absolutely right. The 1-finger per fret was started mostly by guitar players who tho't because the bass had "frets", you finger it that way (and a few pros who don't teach that much also). 1-2-4-4 is the safe fingering for sure. You can use the 1-2-3-4 ONLY if you're playing jazz soloing (you're naturally playing lighter). The reason why not to spread is simple, you have 1 ligament that controls both the 3rd and 4th fingers....use your 3rd finger and you'll get carpal tunnel -- not all have this but the ones who use that terrible stretch (spider) technique all suffer from carpal tunnel.

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