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Posted by John Davis on January 15, 2000 at 14:00:56:

In Reply to: Re: right hand technique posted by Rob Perl on January 07, 2000 at 13:51:42:

: : 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.

: : Aaron

: Aaron,

: 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.

: Good Luck,

: Rob

Yeah, that's one way. I'm a big fan of playing extremely lightly, making a 10 minute tune with lots of 16ths alot more bearable.
Also, there are other techniques one can use, such as using the thumb, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd fingers in a classical guitar/banjo fasion
to get more speed with less effort. Whatever works for you.


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