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Posted by Paige on January 05, 2000 at 16:28:38:

In Reply to: Re: Simandl Method posted by ROB PERL on January 05, 2000 at 14:15:58:

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: : : 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

: : 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.
: : Regards,
: : Paige

: HiPaige!

: Basically, you need to make sure your fingers are parallel to the frets and your thumb lines up with your middle finger; additionally, your thumb should stay in the center of the neck, and should be flat. This will maximize your reach.
: The stretching excercises consist of one octave arpeggios - major, minor, dominant, and half diminshed - thses all are done with the left hand position remaining stationary. Also, we do all possible combinations of the left hand - 1234, 1324,etc.
: on all strings with a metronome. You start slowly, then increase speed as your embrouchure widens. I caution everyone to take a break if there's any discomfort
: in the left wrist. I also have some excercises to stretch out the tendon between the ring and fourth fingers. I've had students with tendonitis caused by years of playing with improper
: technique, but the tendons still do stretch, and they've been able to play comfortsbly with the four finger method. There are a few other techniques we use. but I can't really show you over the net.

: By the way, I also have 35" scale electrics - they're both 6 string basses.

: Let me know if you're ever planning to come to Manhattan. I'll be glad to introduce you to the regimen.

: Rob

Might not be out of the question.... my company, PanAmSat has a teleport in New York area. Could very definitely be a possibility.

what basses do you have? I have a CArvin LB76 with EMG's, an Alembic Epic 5 string fretted and an Alembic 5 string fretless.

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