Saturday, 13 October 2007
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I bought a used ABI that I immediately loved for its tonal variety and playability - as far as the first 12 frets. I'm having trouble playing up the neck and seem to always have to twist my hand a lot. Especially when I chord. Do you have any thoughts on this or suggestions? I have been playing for 40 years and this is my first Dingwall. I've been playing it for about 6 weeks now and have used it at several gigs. I am constantly hitting the wrong notes when I play up the neck.... Thanks, Eddy
14 years ago
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Hi, Eddy. Sheldon will have thoughts on this, but I know he would want us hardcore Dingwall players to lend our thoughts. Six weeks isn't long enough to erase 40 yrs of muscle memory, IMO. My only niggle with the AB is lack of dots on front of the neck for visual reference. I'm shipping my neck to Sheldon soon to have them installed. I don't play up high too much unless it's a solo. I've bought into the current trend of "less is more" :? Follow this link to hear how well forum member [b:3eo6hdt0]maxvintage[/b:3eo6hdt0] overcame the playing up the neck issue. It can be done. http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/magic/leafy.mp3 Mark
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Hi Eddy A very good pro bass player tried two of my Dingwalls last week. He had some trouble too, above the 15th fret. I asked him NOT to look but just relax and follow the positioning of his hands when he was way up. After that he had no problem. I am quite sure it can be done. I know from my line of work that habit is second nature but we can make ourselves overcome bad habits
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Sticking your elbow out like an upright player might help too. That lines your wrist and fingers up with the frets really well.
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I will try that tonight at a gig. I'll let you know. Thanks for the great responses so far! Eddy
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