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PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2008 8:34 pm 
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hey there

Jim Pringle here in Austin Texas...

Im new to the forum and just starting Phase 1. I started learning CG in the 70's and dropped it for a decade or 2..or 3 ...more to that story..

Anyway, back in the game and loving it. Thanks to Scott and all of you, I have enjoyed catching up on all the posts and hope to see you in Portland for CGI..

Observation: In using the thumb as a guide for string crossing, although I completely feel the control it brings me, Im finding that my i finger follow through is shortened due to my thumb being so close that it stops it. Anyone have a similar experience, thoughts or solutions?

Great to be on board!

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jim


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Hi Jim!

Welcome aboard! CGI is a fantastic experience - looking forward to meeting you and playing CG with you.

I, too, felt this way about the string crossing when I first started doing it. My right hand felt very squished. When I adjusted the arch in my wrist to be just a bit higher, it made all the difference.

Hope this helps,

Donna


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Welcome, Jim! I look forward to meeting you at CGI, finances willing...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:46 am 
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The thumb should be a bit 'upstream'; towards the bridge - out of the way...

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Welcome aboard, Jim. I remember when Scott first showed me how to lightly rest my right thumb on the next lower string, and how strange it felt to me. I told him I hoped it was just an exercise to help me learn how to place my hand, and I learned that he advocates its use in real playing situations. I now find it quite natural, and I think it helps.

I'm pretty stubborn, and I find new positions and techniques hard to implement. I also usually find that he's right. Give this one some time. If your hand position is correct with the thumb closer to the nut than the index finger, you shouldn't bump into it, or cause any problem with your follow-through.

See you at CGI.

Brent


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:24 pm 
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Brent, Ken, Donna...thanks for the replies, welcome and advice...I really look forward to meeting you all.

I have found several ideas here useful...

Scott, you mentioned thumb upstream to the "bridge"...Im sure you meant the nut..as Brent mentioned..

Thanks. I will be working with that...I expect., like Scott said, for a few months, i will be experimenting with different positions with this and that. This morning i found some incredible sweet tones by tilting my hand to rt vs left. The attack was full, round, and maybe even the angle was easier. Hmmm... yes...!

jim


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