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Kristofer Dahl
Feb 25 2011, 10:35 AM
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Using your whole fretting hand is important. First check out Ben's new lesson, "Ben's Land Of Legato 3", and then post a response to today's topic.

How many of you use all 4 (or even 5??) fingers on your fretting hand? How often do you use your pinky? Are there specific techniques where you have problems using your pinky?

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Feb 25 2011, 04:31 PM
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I always use my pinky when playing

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SirJamsalot
Feb 25 2011, 06:50 PM
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I often fret the low E with my thumb - so I guess that makes 5 fingers. That's not to say it makes anything I do sound better :/

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Ben Higgins
Feb 25 2011, 06:59 PM
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I'm definitely from the school of use all 4 fingers but I've never had my thumb out under the fretboard. However I too, like Chris, sometimes sneak the thumb over the top to fret the low E !! ph34r.gif

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Todd Simpson
Feb 25 2011, 07:05 PM
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Great question. I didn't use my pinky for years. I finally started working it in. I know have a series of finger workouts that focus on getting the pinky in to shape. Most of my lessons have something to do with that principal. Here is a link

http://bit.ly/lessonnotes

Once my pinky got up to speed as it were, it opened up a whole new realm of sonic/musical range in my lead playing.

I don't usually incorporate the thumb, but now that I think about it, why not?

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Feb 25 2011, 07:15 PM
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I use my pinky whenever it is comfortable. I should probably try to get more strength, since I tend to want to use third or even second finger sometimes for bends and such. It happens, mainly when playing acoustic, that I fret with my thumb.

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Feb 25 2011, 09:59 PM
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Guthrie Goven in this interview (Interview 2) towards the end of the video, swings his thumb under and around the neck to play the b string in a chord. you may have to sign up (but it's free) to see the interview, which is a wonderful interview.

http://magazine.iguitarmag.com/1T4d42ae4b7a513407.cde

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Feb 25 2011, 11:02 PM
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I use it all the time, can't imagine playing without it. Early on I realized how useful it would be to utilize this ill regarded digit. I can't really do any bends with it though tongue.gif

I just started to use my thumb when I began learning the Alice in Chains song "Don't Follow", which would be very difficult to play without stretching my thumb over the neck.

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QUOTE (SirJamsalot @ Feb 25 2011, 05:50 PM) *
I often fret the low E with my thumb - so I guess that makes 5 fingers. That's not to say it makes anything I do sound better :/



same here

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Bogdan Radovic
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I tend to play - one finger per fret approach so I'm using 4 most of the time. I sometimes sneak the thumb over the fretboard when I'm strumming across all the strings at the same time (to help with the muting part).

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Michael AC
Mar 12 2011, 02:25 AM
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I was always taught a more classical position and to use all 4 fingers. I may use my thumb on a chord but that is about it.

In the upper register I sometimes struggle with the angle of my hand to reach notes and flow better, but the lessons here are really helping.

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