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GMC Forum _ PRACTICE ROOM _ A Question About Fingering

Posted by: Owen Mar 8 2008, 07:45 PM

Question to all instructors or members smile.gif

Recently when I started learning Gabes Shred Lesson I noticed that he plays his alternate picking runs slightly different to me, for example when he plays:


He lifts his top finger off the 10th fret after each time he plays it, now I have a tendancy to "root" my top finger there whilst playing these sort of licks, ie once it goes there and if I have to repeat the same run twice then it just stays in place and doesnt move at all.

I've already asked Brett and he says that he gets a slight feedback if he does it my way, which I've found I dont get at all, and I find it less awkward to play holding down the top note in a run.

The question is, is my way considered good practice at all? - and if not then why?

Cheers for your replies smile.gif

Posted by: RIP Dime Mar 8 2008, 07:57 PM

I tend tend to slightly lift my top finger aswell. I'm interested to see what the instructer have to say about this.

Posted by: Kyle Logue Mar 8 2008, 09:19 PM

I can play faster when i lift my top finger.

Posted by: Owen Mar 9 2008, 11:57 AM

Cheers for the answers guys,

Does anyone else have any idea what I'm on about? tongue.gif

Posted by: erik Mar 9 2008, 12:15 PM

I'm not shure, but I think it's better practise to lift the finger slightly. If you do that you'll get the motion going more fluently, because then you sort of program your fingers not to be at any frets that you're not playing. If you're used to this when playing fast using multiple strings, then you will mute the strings your not playing, without even thinking about it (because when you lift your finger slightly off the fret, it gets a little muted).

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