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Re: Simandl Method


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Posted by paige on January 05, 2000 at 12:27:21:

In Reply to: Re: Simandl Method posted by David on January 05, 2000 at 12:04:38:

However, pivoting the thumb or slightly adjusting the position of the thumb on the back of the neck seems like a reasonable thing to do and Iím not convinced that I necessary have to injure myself by using the one finger per fret method if I exercise my hands and maintain good preventive care. But initially my hands are sore.

David:
There are certain physical laws that when violated will bring you grief. The thing about the 3rd and 4th fingers sharing a ligament falls into that category. Please be careful below the 7th fret. And remember... if it hurts, don't do it.... you don't have to play hurt.
I DO use the one finger one fret.... above the 7th fret. I have sensed no impact on my playing below the 7th fret because I use the Symandl method. On scales, as far as speed goes, yeah... I can't play my scales as fast using the Symandl method as I can with the other method. But when it comes down to playing the gig, and playing any part, I am not held back at all. I regularly play Rock, Funk, R&B and Jazz and my playing has improved significantly due to the fact that my left hand is more relaxed as I play, and that I am no longer playing in pain.
Be careful, my friend... and know that if you are damaging yourself, it won't show up right away.
The bass is a wonderful instrument, there are numerous ways to play it... good luck on your lessons!
Paige


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