More on Hand size / tecnique

I have found over the last 2 days that if I play standing up then I can get my left hand to the correct frets much easier and with less buzz. Obviously to do with posture and the position of the bass but thought I would share my revelation.

I still can’t stretch to the frets using the finger as recommended by @JoshFossgreen a lot of the time and I have to slide but it definitely has improved. It was like a little ‘eureka’ moment.

:slight_smile:

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Yes, I notice this too.

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I’m going to give standing a go but I’ll need to raise the level of my phone/ iPad as my eyesight isn’t good enough to easily make out tabs etc at the increased distance

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Same. I sit to work thru things, stand to play and jam prep. All my serious time is sitting, so I can read.

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Good for you, @gragil1 . . . :slight_smile: those little ‘eureka’ moments are fun.

Everything takes time, patience, and practice . . . you’ll get there! :wink:

Cheers, Joe

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I think it gets easier to do either if you wear your bass up high. I often play sitting when doing the course, and I’ve seen quite a few bass players (mainly jazz players) who use a bar stool on stage.

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:rofl: I’m having to work out the same thing.

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Terrible this getting old thing :frowning:

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I do, so sitting is not impossible, but moving the bass around while playing is still easier to me standing up, just giving me more options.
That said, some you tubers play sitting with no strap. Some is preference, some is body shape, some flexibility, arm length, finger length, a bunch of variables.

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You telling me, if not for my Basses, I would be fine not waking up.
Well, not really, but sometimes the age thing gets to me. And it’s not even the age so much as it all the broken bones, ligaments, ribs, femur, hips, knees, shoulders, head injuries, etc…
I sometimes wish I could rip my spine out it hurts so bad. Then I play bass, and it all goes away.

Til I have to stand up and walk.

Getting old ain’t for wimps, is what my 86 year old father says

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@T_dub
Yep I,m hearing you.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing,but I sometimes wish I’d taken a little bit more care of myself when I was younger lol

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It’s always nice to find something simple that improves performance noticeably.

I’ve been playing standing up from the start. I sit enough anyway and also I remembered from practicing guitar that being able to play something in sitting position did not mean I could play it as easily standing up. It’s just not exactly the same at least for me.

With that and the idea of jamming some time in the future I decided to only practice standing up. Josh saying that I should wear a strap even when sitting somehow additionally reinforced that decision.

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I’ll have to remember that one, @T_dub . . . :slight_smile:

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