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Skalde
post Apr 22 2008, 09:43 PM
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Hello,

just want to know, If am the only one who has problems using the pinky in higher frets (above 12.) on the E and A string.
I use my pinky a lot, but on the E and A string in higher frets it is very hard for me to push down the string on the neck. I can do it, but only slow and it does not feel the way it does on the other strings and frets, perhaps this sound a bit strange.
I prefer using my other fingers in this region, due to the low distance between frets it is not absolutely necessary, but would be nice of course if I could use all my fingers there, maybe I just need more practise?

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post Apr 22 2008, 09:48 PM
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hey, i used to have the same problem man, you have to practice really slow, and then your pinky will memorize his position on frets, or you can also play with he ring finger, but you still have to practice playing close to mics
when i have such problem i practice slowly and it works fine wink.gif


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post Apr 22 2008, 09:52 PM
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yeah, using your pinky on the higher frets can be more difficult because the frets are closer together, making the string a little harder to push down and get a good sound... well at least I think so. I find it hard to talk about guitars when I don't have one in front of me.. Mines in the shop and im going nuts!


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post Apr 22 2008, 09:53 PM
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Try raising your guitar up, but even then I get your point. You can still try though, a lot of players would be a lot cleaner if theyd raise their guitars you might look a bit goofy but who cares?


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post Apr 22 2008, 10:51 PM
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Good question Skalde.
Some guitar players use only three fingers when they are going on highest frets.
For example, to play --17-19-20-- they use the index finger for the 17th fret, the middle finger for the 19th fret and the ring finger for the 20th fret.
Personally, I use the pinky finger a lot but I started to use the above fingering for some licks like this

E||--------------10--------------||
B||------------------------------||
G||--10--12--13------13--12--10--||
D||------------------------------||
A||------------------------------||
E||------------------------------||


because I found that finger comfortable too.
My advice is to keep your practice about the pinky finger but you should use the most comfortable fingering to play real songs or solos.


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post Apr 23 2008, 12:09 AM
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QUOTE (Enucleation @ Apr 22 2008, 03:53 PM) *
Try raising your guitar up, but even then I get your point. You can still try though, a lot of players would be a lot cleaner if theyd raise their guitars you might look a bit goofy but who cares?


This guy proved that a person can look goofy and still have significant success in a rock band. Rick Nielsen, one of the most underrated guitarists in history. The guy has 2000 guitars. And besides that, a hot Swedish wife. I consider those items measures of success.

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post Apr 23 2008, 08:48 AM
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QUOTE (Jerry Arcidiacono @ Apr 22 2008, 11:51 PM) *
Good question Skalde.
Some guitar players use only three fingers when they are going on highest frets.
For example, to play --17-19-20-- they use the index finger for the 17th fret, the middle finger for the 19th fret and the ring finger for the 20th fret.
Personally, I use the pinky finger a lot but I started to use the above fingering for some licks like this

E||--------------10--------------||
B||------------------------------||
G||--10--12--13------13--12--10--||
D||------------------------------||
A||------------------------------||
E||------------------------------||


because I found that finger comfortable too.
My advice is to keep your practice about the pinky finger but you should use the most comfortable fingering to play real songs or solos.


I think i do the same as you


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post Apr 23 2008, 09:30 AM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Apr 23 2008, 01:09 AM) *
The guy has 2000 guitars. And besides that, a hot Swedish wife. I consider those items measures of success.


Mmm... I can agree! laugh.gif


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QUOTE (Skalde @ Apr 22 2008, 10:43 PM) *
Hello,

just want to know, If am the only one who has problems using the pinky in higher frets (above 12.) on the E and A string.
I use my pinky a lot, but on the E and A string in higher frets it is very hard for me to push down the string on the neck. I can do it, but only slow and it does not feel the way it does on the other strings and frets, perhaps this sound a bit strange.
I prefer using my other fingers in this region, due to the low distance between frets it is not absolutely necessary, but would be nice of course if I could use all my fingers there, maybe I just need more practise?

best regards,
Skalde

I think it's normal, due to the position, to the shortness of the pinky...play what is better for you, some great guitarist don't use their pinky and they are good at all...


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