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Josiah
post Oct 29 2006, 10:24 PM
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When I started playing scale positions, I used each of my four fingers per fret, the "position" was the fret the first finger was on. From this "position", you could stretch down a fret with the 1st finger, or reach up a fret with the forth (pinky) finger and still be in this position. This has lead me to finger scales a certain way for a long time.

When doing 3-note per string scale patterns (major/ minor), say the notes are on the E string, on frets 3, 5 and 7, I use the first , second and fourth fingers to fret these. But when I stand, my wrist is less "twisted" if I fret these notes with my first, third and fourth fingers. I am wondering what is the most common or accepted way to fret this span?

I notice many use the 1st and 3rd fingers almost exclusively when playing the pentatonic scales, stretching across three frets with the first and third fingers instead of using the first and fourth. I notice Kris does this too. Does this seem to make moving around on the fretboard within the scale easier?

Kris do you think it would be helpful to include a fingering indication when you present scales, Have you found a "best" way to finger the pentatonic or major scales that help transition the fret board?


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Kristofer Dahl
post Oct 30 2006, 08:28 AM
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Josiah,

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When doing 3-note per string scale patterns (major/ minor), say the notes are on the E string, on frets 3, 5 and 7, I use the first , second and fourth fingers to fret these.
That's how I would do it.


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Kris do you think it would be helpful to include a fingering indication when you present scales, Have you found a "best" way to finger the pentatonic or major scales that help transition the fret board?
Yes and no. The fingering you choose will determine what you can come up with - by using different scale fingerings you can create originality. So it'a shame to say everyone should do it in a particular way.

For the complete begginner a guideline is to adapt your fingering so that you move your hand as little as possible. There will soon be a scale lesson in the new beginner section. smile.gif

--Kris


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Josiah
post Oct 30 2006, 09:29 PM
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Thanks Kris!

I feel better now about just sticking with the approach I have been using.


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