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Electric Bass Lessons: Left Hand Position

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[MUSIC]
Now let's talk about the left hand.
Obviously, like we said before, we want
the, we want the fingers positioned
over the frets so that they can cover as
many notes as possible.
So our positioning, up and down the neck
is basically gonna look like this.
So that anytime we have all these notes.
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Cuz if you, if you look at the neck and
imagine this is all real estate that we
have to be responsible for.
So we have to cover all this real estate.
From all the way up at the top of the neck
all the way down here.
So if we keep our fingers in position, but
then when we get to the middle, sometimes
we're even going to have to stretch so we
can catch these kind of positions.
So even if we want to play whole tones.
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We can cover all those notes by stretching
a little bit.
But the left hand position
basically wants to be this where your
thumb is behind the neck and
the fingers are actually going in the
exact same direction as the frets.
All the way down, and that's what you want
for your good left hand position, so
that you can cover all the notes.
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What you notice sometimes when players
play is, all the movement that they're,
all the energy that they are using and
their facial expressions or their
shoulders going up or, tongue's sticking
out and really what you wanna do, you
wanna start in a relaxed position.
So, I try to relax my shoulders.
Lots of times, I see pictures of myself
and I am excited and
my shoulders are way up here.
And I have to just tell myself to relax,
so I relax like that,
I have my left hand basically relaxed,
bring it up to the finger board, my elbow,
again,
is relaxed, shoulders and it's kind of at
a perpendicular to the neck.
So that basically it looks like this, and
I can get around.
I can just pivot, so with a least amount
of energy,
I can cover as many notes as possible.
When your thumb is behind here, which I
see a lot of players do.
Then you can't, you can't get up there.
And it's, it's not really a good position
to have but when your thumb is on the back
of the neck, you can get to all the notes
and your arm just swivels.
That's the basic position you want your
left hand to be in.
Relaxed at all times.
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