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Re: Simandl Method

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Posted by paige on January 05, 2000 at 12:38:01:

In Reply to: Re: Simandl Method posted by Rob Perl on January 05, 2000 at 00:32:25:

: David,

: I originally started out using the Simandl Method for both Upright and Electric
: Bass. I found that I could do much better using one finger per fret on the Electric.
: I teach quite a few students in Junior High who have small hands. While it's definitely
: true that your third and fourth fingers share a tendon, there is a method of stretching this
: tendon, along with the rest of your embrouchure which will allow you to easily play with one
: finger per fret. All my students use this method successfully.

: I would strongly urge you not to use the "three finger" (Simandl) method of fingering. It's
: meant to be used with open strings on an upright bass. The Simandl Method requires much more
: shifting which cause much more fret and string noise, and makes it harder to achieve fluidity.

: In my years of teaching, I've yet to find a student incapable of playing one finger per fret. It's
: a question of doing the proper excercises.

: Good Luck,

: Rob

Sure wish I could have found you when I started playing 30 years ago! I went from classical to bass guitar, taking the same exercises from one to the other. The problem is that at the age of 40 I developed serious inflammatory issues in my left hand, requiring me to take lotsa pills! yuk.
For me, I have found that I had to change the way I was playing below the 7th fret in order to keep playing at all. I play a long scale (35") bass - I actually have three of them - and I discovered that playing one finger one fret below the 7th fret causes me no end of grief. I regularly use stretching exercises before and after I play and throughout the day during my day job... what do you teach your students in regards to stretching? Maybe there is something I am missing, here.

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