THE #1 TECHNIQUE KILLER FOR BASS PLAYERS

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  1. CPR4LIFE

    I'm a beginner. I noticed I do this a bit naturally, but now I focus on it more and it's helped me clean up my fingering so I'm not glancing off of strings. Thanks!

  2. Odious Brodious

    You're absolutely right but you didn't explain why it's the ideal shape for fingering. If you completly relax your wrist and let your fingers hand down, then maintain that exact shape as you rotate your wrist up, you have the ideal left hand shape for playing bass or guitar. Its for the exact reason modern videogame controllers have their ergonomic desings: to reduce unnecessary work that will tire out or strain hand muscles during extended periods of use.

  3. David Lape

    Guilty as charged lol. Thanks for this little pointer now go have fun with those little ones man lol.

  4. Todd Jones

    I totally agree about wrist poistion, leaning toward Scott than Adam. I tell young players to imagine holing a rubber ball in their palm to get the position.

  5. nerdtek

    This brought back memories to when I learned how to play violin. My teacher would always tap my wrist and tell me to open up! Those lessons helped me with this on the bass, as I hold my wrist that way instinctively now! This is a great tip! Thanks Scott!!!

  6. joe b

    Well I definitely took advantage of the month to month deal and wow (unsolicited comment) the content, members, and scott and the other faculty are fantastic

  7. ridgebackdk

    someone should tell louis johnson…. lol… guess there is an exception to every rule…

  8. Cammy

    This grip puts too much strain on the thumb muscles n I can't do it for long

  9. MrZlitonus

    Once again very intetresting, hope one day I'll can subscribe at the academy, I just keep practicing waiting for that day

  10. Vanessa P

    OMG What a cute little punkin at the start of the video!!! 😀

  11. David Beier

    Holy crap, this is probably the most important information Ive gotten from you, thanks

  12. avengineer01

    That gap between the thumb and the fore finger is called the fulcrum. Just like holding a drum stick. Excellent video btw.

  13. the womble

    Hi Scott, having watched and enjoyed this vid, i'd really like your advice. My left hand and arm are slightly smaller than my right and my left arm is not as strong despite doing weights etc. I struggle sometimes with the left hand position you suggest and i know it hinders my fluidity and precision on the neck. any advice you or anyone else can offer would be really welcome. Thanks.

  14. nilton61

    A STRAIGHT wrist gives you the absolute biggest range of movement for your fingers

  15. LUIS ROGELIO OVIEDO FLORES

    Man you should meet with Alex Webster, the academy is more than ok but me, as a metal bass player need that hook. I love your videos but need more metal material for get hook in SBL.

  16. Aubrey Torres

    I tell my students imagine you're using your fretting hand while looking at your cell phone while holding your bass, if you can't see that palm space then you're holding your bass incorrectly. That palm space is the golden view to freedom in your in your dexterity.

  17. iqi616

    I've always played with the gap but my problem is my left hand grips too tight. I've never been able to get that light touch and fluid movement. Different basses with different actions make no difference.

  18. Mike V

    Scrumple. What a wonderful word!
    I believe I will a fashion a Sunday morning breakfast scrumple. It sounds delicious!!!

  19. Sam Gallagher

    Can this apply to six string guitar as well? This is a big issue for my brother who is just getting into playing, and then finds it hard to make stretches using the 'bad' technique

  20. Florentin Tise

    I am a classical guitarist, so there is always a gap in my left-hand grip, no matter what guitar I play: classical, electric, bass, etc. It’s just the way I learned since I was a child. Question though: there are plenty of good players, very good players, that “grab” the guitar neck with no gap back there. Referring to guitar players really, since that’s my main instrument and I am not very familiar with bass players. How would you explain that? Just curious.

    Victor Wooten, by the way, oh man … amazing stuff!

  21. rafael giuliani

    Wow, I didn't know you lived here in Leeds! I've been watching you since when I lived in Brazil.
    That's cool!

  22. Alfa Racer

    Great lesson and thank god you got rid of your old glasses! Stick with these !! Lol …..peace.

  23. Sabra Bösewicht

    If I had to play bass where I wear it like a necklace, I am at a loss for words how lame that is. Zero cool. Slung low and bad ass not way up high. Who cares about technique when everyone is focused on how incredibly wretched you look.

  24. Nmn Mnm

    Wow she's very cute! Please use her in other vids too.i die for cute kids.

  25. Bryan Leigh

    Try bending the thumb at the outer joint. Lightly press the nail-joint surface against the neck. The fingers are as mobile as when thumb fully extended. Yet the hand is closer, and the fingers reach easily to E string. And the wrist feels better. No carpal strain. As you go up the neck, the back of the thumb will naturally adjust to have its entire length against the neck. This feels comfortable and again v good extension of fingers.

  26. veblenrules

    does each generation of bass players that are not bogans need to be taught this. Surely this is a given. Are you assuming most bass players are indeed morans.

  27. dashiellv

    If I tilt the neck upwards, pointing it more towards the ceiling, like a cello, I can have a straighter wrist and good grip while still having the thumb behind the neck. Better than horizontal. Pointing the neck down would be more like playing the violin, much more angle and strain.

    I think the point of the straighter wrist is less bend, less friction and stress in the tunnel the tendons go through. Some instruments have the head further away when hanging from the strap. That leads to more wrist bend in the lower part of the neck.

    If I extend my wrist (bending it back towards the knuckles) there's also lost reach and dexterity, especially in the pinky. If I flex my wrist towards the forearm and form a fist, grip is very weak.

    Muscles (f ex finger bending muscles) are weaker when fully contracted or stretched. AIUI, in physiotherapist lingo there is active insufficiency at full flexion and passive insufficiency at full extension in multi-joint muscles.

    Aside:
    I play with a little pull on the fretting hand, towards the elbow, while the right hand and forearm presses the instrument against me. This allows for less less tension in the fretting hand. Do you people do that? Hard to do if you play low slung bass around knee height.

  28. Olli

    Scott this is not good advice. You're correct that you need that gab between your hand and the neck, but bending your wrist is not good. Bending your wrist will cause your arms tenants to rub against your bone and it can seriously damage your arm and in worst case scenario you might never be able to play. The get that gap between the neck and your hand, just point your thumb towards the headstock.

  29. John pyburn

    Excellent advice, Scott! I play open and also a lot of power chords and I STILL am a firm believer of leaving room behind the thumb. Yeah it’s harder to hit those 3 strings at once with fury but it’s supposed to be. Pain for pleasure. Proper good, mate.

  30. stimpson j cat

    Have to disagree somewhat on this one. I personally tend to rotate my wrist position depending on where I am on the fretboard. When playing on the low string my wrist tends to be in the position you explain but as I get to the higher strings my wrist tends to rotate and my thumb starts to wrap. This feels natural and is just the way it works best for me. It also varies depending on how high I am up on the neck.
    I definitely would not try to keep my wrist in the same position all the time. Wrist position should come naturally and will develop over time.

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