Problems With The 1 Finger Per Fret System

2017-10-26T13:18:34+00:00May 28th, 2015|Categories: Bass Playing Fundamentals|Tags: , |7 Comments

Lots of people use the 1 finger per fret system as if it was some kind of law. In this lesson I show the limitations of the system and a few alternative perspectives on how to assign our fingers.

This Lesson is a preview of the Bassic Fundamentals Course

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7 Comments

  1. Martin O'brien May 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark. Excellently explained as always. I’M looking forward to the course.

  2. Eugene Savin October 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much, Mark.

  3. Butch Johnson March 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I appreciate this lesson. My hands are old and small which makes it very difficult to stretch at lower end. This lesson has taught me to study the piece I’m playing and prepare for finger assignments in advance. Never thought about this level of preparation. Thanks Mark.

  4. James Gilmore January 3, 2017 at 6:19 am - Reply

    Very good. I am an old bass player who has not been playing for a long while. Just got a new bass and basically starting over

  5. Steve Davenport May 7, 2017 at 11:04 am - Reply

    I’m an older beginner with small hands and I have to say you’re the first person I’ve come across to explain how I can adapt my style of play. Others comment on adapting and mention famous players with smaller hands, even with missing digits, but they don’t explain how to adapt. Top marks. (excuse the pun).

  6. Verna Hill June 23, 2018 at 10:08 am - Reply

    having small hands…. this really helped me. thanks Mark.

  7. Alain Routhier January 8, 2019 at 5:28 am - Reply

    Just bought the study book of scales, and it is very well made. Stuff is explained in a logic, clear manner.
    Then I watched the sample lesson 2 on finger assignment, ans OMG, what a revelation in the simplicity, logic and PRACTICALLITY of the lesson.
    4 years ago, I stopped learning electric bass and upright because my live teacher then was telling me NEVER to use the third finger, or to ALLWAYS use the third and forth together, as a pair, ALLWAYS. It is the way HE was playing as a professional, on both electric and upright. But I could not really make practical sense of that IMPOSED RULE and quit practicing. But your video and what seems to be your teaching philosophy and style are just was I was waiting for .. So thank you very much …

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