Developing Safe Left Hand Technique for Bass Guitar





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Published on May 4, 2010

A lesson on developing on safe and comfortable left hand technique for bass guitar. My own problems with RS injury lead me to develop my concept of "neutral position," which I teach to my student in hopes that they don't have the same problems I did.

Here are some of the things I talk about in the video that are important to keep in mind.

1. The shoulder holds up the arm, and allows all the rest of the arm to relax and go limp.

2. The elbow is most relaxed when it is bent at moderate angle.

3. The wrist is relaxed, flexible and straight.

4. The joints of all the fingers are curved, and the finger tips are all on the same horizontal plane

5. The thumb is to the left of the index finger and is roughly perpendicular to the second finger segment.

Hope you enjoy!

EDIT: Here are some photos of me playing in the lower positions on a 7-string bass. The same lessons apply for all you ERB people.


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