Good morning folks,
I'm finally starting (the key word being starting) to get the feel of the P-bass. I've stopped using the short scale and have immersed myself in the big boy and have been relatively pleased with progress so far but I have a question.
I'm struggling with the fast part of midneck blues on the SLOW speed because my small hands have a very difficult time stretching from frets 5-8. If I put my index finger on 5 and pinky on 8, I'm well behind the fret line of the 8th and get a buzz (not that kind of buzz....). As a result, I have to do I guess I could classify as an almost rocking motion when playing through that fast part using the proper fingering. Pivoting, begging my pinky to stretch further have been fruitless so I'm left with this jump/rocking thing going on.
I am wondering if that is okay at this point or if I should force myself at a ridiculously slow speed to move as little as possible and try to force my fingers to stretch until I hit these cleanly. I don't want to hurt myself but at the same time, I don't want to begin jumping and then have that ingrained as a poor habit. As you can imagine, if I'm having reach problems with frets 5-8, the lower ones are a real doozy. I'm working on the California song and it's that A C E G section hates me. But I press on....
Thanks for any advice.