I had to lay off the bass for a couple of weeks on account of thumb pain in my right hand (anchor thumb). I have an autoimmune disorder that cycles through me on occasion. It can and does make my hands, fingers, toes, knees, tendons hurt. So, while I was inflamed I had to just lay off completely except for a short practice in the middle somewhere.
Since the layoff, I found my fretting improved considerably, and so I started up again on Module 8 Lesson 4 - where I left off before my body betrayed me…
So, I completely get the triads and the improv, and I even understand the Fm scale with open strings. The problem I’m having is with the 3rd, which is the open string. There’s no fretting finger. I guess early on I had gotten used to muting by releasing my finger from the fret while letting the finger rest on the string. It seemed so natural, and it works very well for me, but here when I play the 3rd (A) and come back to Root (F), I can’t seem to figure out how to mute the A string. Unless I am going to the 5th © the A string tends to ring.
How should I think about this? I tried rolling my index finger, but it didn’t seem to work very well( though I’m not sure why). The other way to go was to try to fret F with my middle and reserve my index for muting A, and that was really awkward. I’m thinking finger roll, and I just need to bear down on that.
What do you guys think? …or is there a better way?