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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.

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!

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