#1
I'm learning bass right now, and there are a couple quetions I have regaring it, specifically on finger picking. I used the searchbar, and found nothing.

1) I don't use my thumb, I use my index finger, and I pull the string towards me, so its like an upstroke on the guitar. Is this correct?

2) Since picking in one direction limits your speed, how do I go about increasing my speed? After a pick, I sometimes bring my finger back upwards to hit it again with my fingernail, but that doesn't always increase speed for me, and it can sometimes generate a different volume. Is it normal to use two picking fingers in succession?
#2
It is most common to use the index and the middle finger while alternating constantly. Practice at this and your speed should increase.
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#4
1) yes
2) practice with a metronome
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#5
Most people play with their index fingers and middle fingers, "stroking" the strings alternately, making them vibrate parallel to the fretboard.

Some people also integrate the ring finger, though this is not always necessary.
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#6
I find the best way is to plant your thumb on the edge of the neck pickup (If you have a J or P bass configuration) and use your index, middle and ring finger to do the picking, or just alternate your index and middle fingers. You will be slow at first but you will gain speed. It sounds to me like your trying to finger pick a bass like you would a guitar, which i guess can be done but its not the typical way inwhich you would do it. But play anyway your style suits you.
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#7
i haven't played bass in years but anyway as i can remember:

1) you are doing right with using your index finger, and i suppose that upstroke is correct also.
2) to increase your speed you will have to use 2 fingers just as you said, and remember that to increase speed always start out slow and use the same motion in your picking hand when you play both slow and when you speed up. best way to train is with metronome imo. This is what i believe the best way to train speed and picking hand techniques.
#9
Upstroking is a very specialised technique, that requires a lot of practise to be used effectively. Get the basics down first.

And there is no need to plant your thumb on the neck pickup if it isn't comfortable. Many prefer to plant on the bridge pickup, on strings that aren't being played, not at all (floating hand) or a combination of the above.
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Upstroking is a very specialised technique, that requires a lot of practise to be used effectively. Get the basics down first.

And there is no need to plant your thumb on the neck pickup if it isn't comfortable. Many prefer to plant on the bridge pickup, on strings that aren't being played, not at all (floating hand) or a combination of the above.


I have my wrist on the body of the bass. That okay?