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post Jan 14 2009, 03:45 PM
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i saw in some videos a tip about alternate picking that you need to keep you fingers close to the fretboard after hitting each note. i tried it and for some reason it was very hard even at slow speeds. i dont know why my fingers want to jump the hell away. anyway than i noticed that when i sped up my fingers didnt realy have a choice but staying close cause they couldent get away and i had to use them again.
so my question is, is keeping my fingers close to the fretboard should be a concius effort or does that come automatically with speed?
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post Jan 14 2009, 04:10 PM
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Well, work on it consiously at first and with a very slow tempo. After some days/weeks of practice, it should come naturally.

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post Jan 14 2009, 05:10 PM
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You should keep trying at slow speeds until it comes to you naturally. If you're having trouble keeping your finegrs close try higher frets, like starting on the 7 fret.
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QUOTE (Matt23 @ Jan 14 2009, 06:10 PM) *
You should keep trying at slow speeds until it comes to you naturally. If you're having trouble keeping your finegrs close try higher frets, like starting on the 7 fret.


thx, but my question was that i wondered is it something that comes naturally with speed because the faster you move your finger they dont have time to pull back is that a concius effort i need to invest in not letting my finger jump off?
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Here is what happened to me on this issue

I feelt that i couldent play fast because my fingers fas to far away(My pinky espacially) so what i did was that i practised slow and really consentrated on keeping the fingers close and all of a sudden i came to me naturally....

you just have to be patient and dont rush it



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post Jan 15 2009, 01:48 AM
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Don't be to self conscious while you are playing, you cannot control everything. Fingers need to be close to the fretboard, ok, if you think about it all time, and try somehow to limit their movement, your straining them, which is exactly what you want to avoid. So here is what you should do. When you are practicing your technique, create segment where you are just playing a scale, slow, with focus on your left hand, and finger movement. Keep them close to fretboard, as you said. Don't hurry, don't strain, just so some scales, and you can do this for 15 minutes not more. So, then you need to be aware, when you are doing exercises, not while you're jamming or playing. So, after those 15 minutes are over, forget about left hand. If you do this every second day, you WILL progress very fast, yes, it's only 15 minutes, but this is a muscle memory exercise, you're training your fingers to respond in similar manner wherever you are playing scales. So, do the execises, and soon, it will become automatic, like autopilot, you won't have to think about it.

What you want to achieve with this?
Relaxed left hand while playing. You are saving left-hand energy, to put it that way, and when your fingers are relaxed(more or less) you can actually play more without stopping. Same goes for the right hand, you DON'T want to strain too much. It's pointless to pick hard, when same loudness can be achieved with less effort, and it's pointless to lift your fingers 1 inch each time, you are losing your energy.

I think you are right, it is wise to pay attention on that, but just when you're practicing it.


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post Jan 15 2009, 11:27 PM
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Don't overdo either hand - you should seek balance in both right and left hand when playing.


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post Jan 16 2009, 12:28 PM
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Fingers don't even need to be close to the fretboard, it's all matter of practice. It is better to keep them close to minimize the movements, but in reality they can go 2-3 cm apart from the frets it doesn't matter as long as it is precise. I would recommend to keep them close tho, cause then you are building a more "neater" technique and fingers are moving less, so you watch for them in the long run.
Everything starts from slow, you're right. Try to fret the notes while keeping fingers close to strings and do it all the time, and in some time your technique will tend to go in that direction.


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post Jan 16 2009, 03:41 PM
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Yeah, you don't have to think about it that much.
Practice slow and keep your playing clean.
And while you're upgrading the speed
your fingers will naturally stick closer to the fretboard
cause there will be no time to keep them too far away. smile.gif


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post Jan 16 2009, 11:02 PM
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Muris said it right, there will be no time:)


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