Posted by Bob the Bass player on September 09, 2000 at 01:11:52:
In Reply to: Lame finger posted by Stinko Stanko on September 07, 2000 at 08:52:02:
: Tjallaways, friends... I got a problem I didn't knew I had until a week ago, which I can't get rid of, so now I turn to you, fellow bassateers. Lately, I've been messing around alot with soloing. However, when I do a solo, I notice that my fretting hand, when it's over the upper parts of the neck, nearly always makes use only of the index, middle and ring finger, while the pinkie stays still most of the time. I've figured, even though the solos sound Ok (IMO), and I've noticed no pains in my leftie so far, that this will cause problems when I eventually reach the higher level where I may like to play faster lines, and therefore will need to make good use of all the fingers I've got. This is not a great problem as long as I stay in the low regions, it's mostly from when I play in the upper registers. I have tried to integrate the finger as much as I can, but that muscle memory seems to get in the way. Or something. So, any advice to get my finger working?
I wouldn't worry about it. A lot of your best guitarists only use three fingers when soloing. When you are in the lower regions you should use all four fingers as the stretches are too long, but when you are up top the frets are closer together. In fact you can intergrate the three finger technique into your style by sliding you ring finger up a fret and using bends. But if you really want to correct the problem all I can suggest is practicing scales, scales and more scales. A word of advice: never let anyone tell you you are playing the bass wrong, if it sounds good you're doing it right.
Keep on jamming,
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