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  1. It feels a lot nicer to play already. He did say he hadn't gone as low as he could because I'm so new to playing. I can always go lower if I feel like trying it further down the line, but it's quite a change from the stock setup the guitar arrived with. Liking it so far!
  2. Yes that's right. Chris informed me upon collection that I can take it back for any adjustments within a month 👍
  3. Aah, in fact it was you that suggested Chris in my other post wasn't it!
  4. You also in the York area then? Seems like a good guy and knows his stuff. Being such a new player I don't really know what my style is yet but I did feel the stock set up was too high and just didn't look right even to me. Immediately feels nicer to play and I think I'll take it back to Chris in 6 months time if I feel anything needs changing.
  5. Hi all, Just got my bass back from a very basic check and adjustment as the instrument is so new. Here's what's been done. Action was the same across all strings at first and has been lowered nicely I think. Does this seem a reasonable action for a beginner?
  6. Hi all, Just wondering if there is a safe way to put a wall mounted stand on a piece of cavity wall/plasterboard that doesn't have any studding. The area where we'd like to have my guitar is where the bathroom pipework runs down inside a piece of cavity wall. Unfortunately no wooden stud to drill into. Can it be done safely? Cheers
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  8. I'm just doing what is comfortable for me and avoiding pain. I'd rather do what's comfortable and avoid any injury than force myself to learn 1fpf at this stage. I'm guessing the more I play the more my fingers will naturally loosen up and stretch more, then I can try incorporating 1fpf later on. For now, I just want to learn without hurting myself.
  9. Had my 2nd lesson on Friday and was using 1-2-4 with no issues over the hour long lesson so it's definitely an improvement! Fingers have been a bit sore the following day and today though but I'm assuming that's just DOMS 🤣
  10. Not yet, I'm getting it booked in soon though - the local luthier I spoke to said to play the instrument for a few weeks to get a feel for what I want to change and to let the instrument settle a bit. According to Yamaha's website the stock strings it comes with are D'Addario EXL170 / 0.045-0.100. Yeah I've stopped trying for now and am shifting my hand up and down instead. I don't seem to be getting any pain now that I'm relaxing more.
  11. I think my issue at the moment, being so new to the instrument is the fact that I simply cannot do 1fpf. I'm sure it'll come, but it's just so uncomfortable/painful to even try at this stage. I'll keep trying occasionally, and hopefully as I improve I'll naturally fall into it as my fingers loosen up.
  12. Plugged in. Very similar to these sounds, yes. Is it just something that happens or does my bass need some adjustment?
  13. Wasn't sure what to call this topic but here's my question... When pressing the 5th fret on the G string I can hear in the background what I believe is the harmonic? It's the same sound I get if I lightly touch the same spot, but no matter how hard I press, i can still hear the harmonic coming through very faintly in the background. I also seem to get quite a lot of background noise from the other strings even though I'm not touching them. Is this a set up issue? Many thanks.
  14. Thanks for the replies and suggestions everyone. I took the day off yesterday to rest my hands and picked up my bass again today. I just experimented with what felt comfortable for me. I tried something very simple (with or without you by U2) to get used to shifting my hand up and down the fret board, and then started learning the C major scale. I tried to keep my wrist straight and relaxed and experimented with different thumb positions to keep things comfortable and also kept things slow. As many of you have suggested, I'll take a look at the simandi technique and try using my thumb as a pivot more tomorrow. Things are feeling much more comfortable after practice today, so I think that's a good sign. I'm not going to get tied up with 1fpf and instead work on position shifting of my hand to achieve the same result with 1-2-4
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