Two tips if one finger per fret is hard for you in the lower registers.
Small hands? No problem!
One finger per fret bass fingering in lower register
I love having the one-finger-per-fret position under my belt – but that doesn’t mean I always use it.
If I have a groove like this, for example: [ 🎵 Ari plays groove 🎵 ] I’m not gonna bother… to play that. I don’t need any other fingers and if I should need them my hand’s right there.
However, I do train myself to be able to do one-finger-per-fret in case I need it. And permutation drills are wonderful for that.
If you have a hard time doing permutations like one, two, three, four in the lower register, first of all make sure you’re not over-gripping. The next thing you can do make little micro shifts. [ 🎵 Ari plays permutation 🎵 ] My hand is very soft when I do all of this.
When I drop my hand and bring it up, it’s in the perfect position. Hit a low F – and see how few calories you can potentially use on this – which tension can you let go of – breathe into it and be gentle.