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question about learning bass

- Thu, 26 Dec 2019 16:48:17 EST hkhv0kLT No.456036
File: 1577396897711.png -(916933B / 895.44KB, 795x947) Thumbnail displayed, click image for full size. question about learning bass

i played flute and clarinet in high school and i wanted to get back into music and i like bass-centric music like post-punk and new wave so I figured what the hell and picked up a fender squire jazz I've been playing for about a month and i can play scales and simple songs Disorder and Uh-oh Love Comes to Town but as soon as i try to bring the ring finger into play i just can't physically do it

is this normal and will improve with exercise? i actually have very mild cerebral palsy, it was really bad when I was a baby but i had 5 years of daily therapy and now the only symptoms usually are quirky things like i can't walk backwards or swim in a straight line, and i have balance issues and stuff like that

my question since i'm teaching myself is this something that will improve with practice or should i look into taking up another instrument?
Edward Briddlepire - Thu, 26 Dec 2019 17:33:24 EST Q30hkw/E No.456037 Reply
there are some exercises that can help with this.

stuff called spider is generally good for this.

playing fifths and octaves with first and third fingers is super common. not being able to do that is limiting, but no the end of the story.
plenty of people with smaller hands play first and fourth fingers.

good luck, dude.
Albert Brucklehedge - Thu, 26 Dec 2019 18:46:50 EST 16hSv3F7 No.456039 Reply
In my unprofessional opinion it looks like some of your problems might be from CP but it doesn't look untenable, and a lot of people dont/cant use their ring finger, you just might have to practice longer with simple drills

Learning a totally differet instrument is a hard process even with general experience, personally i woukd keep up on the bass but also take up flute again because itd come back to you really quick and would let you focus more on theory which would transfer to bass
Doris Dartworth - Sun, 21 Jun 2020 20:18:44 EST iEl8qik/ No.456800 Reply
My uncle has cerebral palsy so bad that he's a lifelong wheelchair user, and he's teaching me guitar. He fucking rocks
Samuel Dartfield - Wed, 24 Jun 2020 09:02:51 EST rihcEXUc No.456803 Reply
Playing bass requires more strength than guitar and it's common to have to practice fretting with more than 1 finger. That is not unique to you or having CP. I would take the do drills advice of others, try for all 4 fingers as that's the end goal. You may have to work harder or might find you can't get all the way but it should improve with practice.
Hugh Buzzwell - Thu, 25 Jun 2020 22:50:53 EST YTv4gwU2 No.456813 Reply
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oh shit thanks for bumping this thread guys i forgot i even made it, i got a little discouraged at this point and I picked it up a couple times a week doing basic drills and scales wondering if I should just cut my loses and look into going back to a wind instrument but a couple months ago I started to at least get to a point where I was just good enough that it was starting to become fun to play like winds were and I've been practicing a few hours a day for the most part since. It's more slow going than I'd like and maybe this is pretty rough but considering I hadn't picked up an instrument in years and the way of feeling music instead of playing it algorithmically is completely different on strings, I don't think it's too terrible. Probably about a 6th grade level lol

In terms of left-hand technique I couldn't really mirror what I saw in the book so I just focused on what caused the least discomfort and locking up, so now I'm looking for things I might be able to change to improve my technique without adding any strain. I still can't really move my ring finger and pinky independently but I at least have use of the finger now. I think the biggest thing that I'm just not making any progress on is over/under shooting slides. I can learn specific ones by rote after a lot of practice but it doesn't seem to be transferring to an ability to do it in general, that seems like a problem a lot of people have though I don't blame it on anything specifically. Still went from not being able to do it at all to only botching one here.

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