#1
ok so i don't know what bassists call their picking hands, but ive been playing guitar for awhile now, so ill just refer to my right hand (im right handed) as my picking hand. ok so i just recently learned "can't stop" by the red hot chili peppers, but my index finger on my picking hand is starting to sting and bleed, because i pop the high strings with my index finger. is this natural or am i doing something wrong?

oh and i forgot to mention that i got a bass about a week ago, and this is the first red hot chili peppers bass line i learned (besides don't forget me)
Last edited by ilikeguitar90 at Jun 3, 2006,
#2
Well your probally poping the string to hard.
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#3
and your finger probably doesn't have a callous (sp?) on it yet, cause you're used to picks.
#4
that to.
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#5
yeah u just need to develop callouses. are u a beginner on bass then?
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#6
Maybe, before you start popping, it could be a good idea to just plcuk normally on bass slightly harder than usual as a pratice to get the fingers calloused up for popping.
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#7
Popping that causes you to bleed is definately due to an extremely high attack. I would let your finger heal, then calm down your attack. Slap bass doesn't need an aggressive attack. Also this way, you can build up your callouses so you can deliver a more aggressive attack if needs be.

Also, to help relieve excess stress to your index finger, you could alternate popping between that and your middle finger. I even use my 3rd finger as well.
#8
Nah this is perfectly normal. When I started popping I got a similar thing on my right index finger, but if you stop playing until it stops hurting to play then start again you'll be fine with it forever pretty much, you just need to form a patch of callous skin.
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That's pretty funny. Anyway I would suggest playing with your fingers without slaping/poping and play with your fingers for a little bit, to get callouses and get used to it.

Edit- Forgot the play with your fingers part
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That's pretty funny. Anyway I would suggest playing with your fingers without slaping/poping and play with your fingers for a little bit, to get callouses and get used to it.

Edit- Forgot the play with your fingers part



Don't you pop and 'pluck' with different parts of the index finger though? I do.
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#12
I don't. I mean, I guess I do- but its a matter of a centimeter or less. It's all a matter of preference and style. Its the same big calluce, thats for sure.
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