Re: Dumb Question

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Posted by El Pájaro zipping a dry Martini on January 16, 2001 at 20:11:36:

In Reply to: Dumb Question posted by Brad on January 15, 2001 at 20:12:22:

: Hello, I'd really like to learn the electric bass, but I have small hands and short fingers. Does this have any impact on one's ability on the bass? Or does it all come down to practice and proper technique? I had a salesman tell me that "the best players have huge hands with alien-like finger length" (No kidding) So what's everyone's opinion on this?

: Thanks

Hey Brad,
The topic has been discussed some time ago, but here's my $0.02 on the subject again:
when you come to think about it, it becomes pretty obvious that big hands are a big advantage to bass playing. However, having small hands (I mean, not child's hands) should be no big deal. I have small hands, as many others in this board do (Stacey especially posted a very thoughtful message), and none of us ever felt unable to become proficient bass players. Some well known players (like Tina Weymouth from Talking Heads and the Tom Tom Club) also have small hands, and the play bass anyway.
My best advice on the subject is: don't worry too much about hand size and jump ont bass playing anyway. In any case, and if your hands size and/or shape is giving you a headache, switch to a short scale instrument and you should be all right.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro (wearing sunglasses!).

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