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Posted by Rob Perl on January 07, 2000 at 13:51:42:
In Reply to: right hand technique posted by Aaron Schindler on January 06, 2000 at 18:27:11:
: Does anyone have suggestions on improving right hand technique? I know speed isn't everything, but I would like to be able to do a fast tempo 16th note groove for longer than a few minutes without my hand cramping up. Thanks.
The most important aspect of right hand technique is attack itself. Rather than pluck across the string like a guitar player, it's
important that your plucking finger pluck down. You can do this by anchoring you thumb on a pickup on placing your plucking finger
on the side of the string closest to you; moving your finger down will give you a very sharp attack with very little motion and effort.
The next major point is your hand position itself. Your palm should not rest on your bass; your thumb should be straight and perpendicular to
your bass. You should point your fingers toward the bridge, at about a 45 degree angle to the strings. Your thumb should be behind the palm of
your hand. This will let you pluck with two fingers and get a uniform tone.
If you use this technique, you'll be able to play sixteen notes effortlessly at the fastest tempo.
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