A question was brought up to me today in my bass world. A student wanted to know: “Should I always alternate fingers on bass?”
I’m a real big advocate of ALWAYS ALTERNATE FINGERS ON BASS… until you are doing it automatically. Until that physical movement becomes the way you breath on the bass - it is unconscious and effortless, and it is just how you play.
Once you have the control, THEN… THEN AND ONLY THEN… are you allowed to choose when to alternate and when not to.
Sometimes I like to play with just one finger.
BUT! I can alternate if I want to or need to.
I have lots of analogies here - mainly to modern art, or free jazz… but suffice it to say: before you decide you will innovate a new technique that works for you… make sure you have command over the fundamental technique.
Thoughts? Opinions? How is alternating those plucking fingers going for folks? This is a real tough one for lots of students, so I’d love to hear if you have drills or exercises or pieces that helped you get this together!