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Have I developed a bad habit?

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Post  MetalJacob Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:14 am

Okay so when I switch strings I notice that I almost always use my index when I change to a new string.

Example:
I I R I M I R I R
------------------------5--7---------------------
-----------------4--7----------------------------
----------3--5-----------------------------------
---2--5------------------------------------------
-3----------------------------------------------


Now it's not ALWAYS like this, but I've noticed myself doing it a lot. Sometimes the 4th and the 8th notes of said pattern will be my middle.

Is this a bad habit?
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Post  Stryfer Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:28 am

Yea it is a bad habit, it will make your technique really sloppy when you try to play a fast phrase.
I've also noticed that you didn't list using your pinky.

If you're playing that pattern here's two patterns that would work fairly well:

M I P M P I P M P - this pattern means you will only shift your hand once, but it requires more finger work

M I P I P(M) I P I(M) P - this pattern felt more natural, but it also demanded more hand shifting.




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Post  MetalJacob Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:56 pm

I suppose I should have cleared this up, I meant on my plucking hand, not fretting hand.
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Post  Stryfer Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:12 pm

Whoooooops Embarassed

Sorry man.

I alternate when I play that particular sequence, but I have found some situations where it's better to use your index finger twice in a row like that. Mostly it depends on the rhythm.
As long it sounds clean it's good Smile

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Post  Pastichio Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:25 pm

I wouldnt worry about that myself either. I don't alternate all the time, as a rule i do, but sometimes i'll double my middle finger. Tends to be a groove thing, it works out smooth like that sometimes. I'm not to anal about my right hand, finger technique on that came naturally to me, it was the left I had to work on.
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Post  MetalJacob Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:32 pm

Well will it affect speed, is my real question. I expect to get at an Alex Webster or Mike Flores level of speed.
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Post  Stryfer Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:42 pm

In that case, yes it will affect speed!
If you're going for that level of speed you need to constantly be alternating otherwise the moment you play with the same finger twice is the moment your hand cramps up.

I did find a cool video once that gave a very good exercise for moving across strings with 3 figners and alternating them all the time. If I find it I'll post it.

EDIT: Found it Smile

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/839494/bass_guitar_lesson_inspired_by_steve_harris_iron_maiden/

It's not much, but it's a good exercise.

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Post  MetalJacob Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:55 am

Alright thanks! I suppose that will be a good exercise if I do the same right hand technique that he does. Is that guy gay?

And I'll bust out my metronome and do some drills I suppose. pale
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Post  DavidM96 Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:54 am

That's a good idea for building speed, I never thought to use just a metronome Razz
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Post  Admin Fri Nov 04, 2011 3:08 pm

Yea man, don't worry about that one at all.

The shift in technique is so slight, you won't notice.


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Post  MetalJacob Fri Nov 04, 2011 7:51 pm

Wait, seriously? Shocked
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Post  Admin Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:32 am

Actually, yea. Looking at it, it is a bit odd. I read it wrong first time round.

My problem is that you go from index to index on the first two notes. I'd recommend going middle to index straight away.

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Post  Admin Sat Nov 05, 2011 11:35 am

I'm such a dumbass. lol!

Read it wrong TWICE!

Yes, what Stryfer said....

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Post  MetalJacob Sun Nov 06, 2011 5:04 am

I think my problem is, when I play with three fingers, (which is always) I start with my index instead of ring so my pattern is actually IRMIRMIRM.
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Post  Stryfer Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:13 pm

I don't think it matters what you start with as long as you keep a constant alternating pattern Smile

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Post  MetalJacob Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:12 pm

Yup. Which I'll have to practice. But it seems that every time I'd switch to a new string, I'd restart the pattern is what I was saying.
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