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let's talk about the right hand and our
posture of our right hand cause I get
a lot of comments on people's hands and
fingers feeling stiff and getting tired.
And, there are ways to avoid that but you
have to be in the right posture.
And we've again talked about when you get
ready to practice or record or play or
whatever you're gonna do.
Make sure your posture is good.
Again I emphasize breathing to just help
our, the blood get oxygenated.
And [SOUND] I always take a deep breath
especially because it just makes me feel
just a little better and more in a ready
now what you'll notice just as I'm holding
the instrument now,
my hands are very relaxed and that I can't
emphasize enough that you just really try
to relax all your muscles rather than this
kind of stiff thing and I used to.
When I play, I see pictures of myself when
I used to play and still sometimes it's
just like you get this tightening of the
shoulders and hands are very stiff.
And that's not a way to get the music to
flow through you.
And so, when we deal with the right hand,
you'll notice that my hand is
just kind of in the ready position and I
usually have my hands on the strings,
just keeping them from ringing and so keep
the dead sound in the strings.
Now, you notice they're nice and relaxed,
there's a natural curve it's not
necessarily curved like this and
it's not absolutely straight but just
there's a natural curve.
In my hand so that when I go to play a
it just, it feels natural there so I'm
gonna make
adjustments while I'm playing the song
just depending on what I'm playing.
I may want a fatter tone or a more punchy
tone, so
I'm gonna go back and forth here but most
of the time,
when I'm sitting, my arm is resting on the
top of the bass and
later, we'll talk about sitting and
standing positions because obviously,
when we're on stage, we're in a standing
mode, and we're,
you know, we're positioned a different way
than we are when we're sitting, but for
the most part when you're practicing or in
the studio you will be sitting.
So, this is a position that I like just
where my hand is comfortably
sitting on top of the bass.
I can kinda feel all of the strings under
my finger and
then I just have the note [SOUND] ready to
Again, I'm not straight fingers and I'm
not all the way curled.
Now if you notice, I just lifted up a
little bit because I wanted to get
a little speed and I'm kinda dancing a
little lighter on the strings, so
if I'm just playing a note, I can kinda
rest there
And as I'm gonna,
if I'm gonna speed it up.
And, what you'll notice too is you'll hear
a little bit of nail because I grow my
nails just long enough, that if I want to
use the fleshy part of my finger,
I can get that but
if I want to add a little nail.
I get a little more percussive tone and if
I'm closer to the bridge
I'm getting a little more percussive
tone down there.
So again I stress relaxing, breathing and
then just whatever feels comfortable
where your strings naturally hit,
where your fingers naturally hit
the strings across the neck and
you get dynamics.
Because this is where your tone is coming
from and this is what gives you your own
voice, your own character.
This is, they say it's all in the fingers.
So you have to be in a very relaxed and
again your right hand position is just in
a very relaxed mode.
When you rest your hands on the strings,
they're ready to go.
there you have it, just a slight curve in
the fingers.