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post Mar 28 2009, 08:18 PM
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Today when I was playing I noticed that I don't actually use my fingertips to fret the strings, I use the bit of finger just below the fingertip. It seems most logical to play with your fingertip so I was wondering if my technique was wrong. What I'd like to know is should you fret notes with your fingertip, just below your fingertip, or does it not matter.

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post Mar 28 2009, 10:37 PM
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actually at least for me if i play with the very tip it becomes much harder to mute the strings below. but when i do fast legato parts i do use the tips. but its just me i don't know if it correct


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post Mar 28 2009, 10:40 PM
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actually at least for me if i play with the very tip it becomes much harder to mute the strings below. but when i do fast legato parts i do use the tips. but its just me i don't know if it correct


That's pretty much it. It also depends on how your finger is "curved" (that is: the flesh at your fingertip). Whatever is comfortable for you, whichever position is suitable for vibrato, bending and ofc fretting, do it that way smile.gif

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post Mar 28 2009, 11:14 PM
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Whatever is comfortable and depending on the situation you're in mate! Playing only with fingertips can indeed make muting much harder, so some kind of a balance should be found! Usually there's the rule - how you practice is how you play. So depending what gives you the best results in practice regarding finger placement, muting etc, will translate later on your playing.


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Pedja Simovic
post Mar 29 2009, 02:58 AM
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Best results and answers will reveal when you practice and challenge yourself ! Move tempos, go to extreme ones (in both ends) and notice what your left and right hand are doing. After doing some practicing this way, your hands will build automatic positioning and approach when it comes to muting and picking.
Fingertips or no fingertips - doesn't really matter that much smile.gif


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Bogdan Radovic
post Mar 29 2009, 04:29 PM
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I think your technique is right...You need to have in mind the muting part when placing fingers so your way should allow that well.If its comfortable and you don't find it limiting in any way , its the way to go.


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post Mar 29 2009, 06:38 PM
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I think your technique is right mate, I have callouses allover the tip of my fingers, I mean the callous is 1cm x 1cm if you picture it.
That's because sometimes I play with the real tip and sometimes I use the part below as I sometimes use the sides of the tip. That's why the callous is that big, but the violinist for example have a bigger callous because the vibrato is made by balancing their fingers on the fret board.
What I've tried to explain by describing those things is that maybe you don't play with a little part of your finger but you use many places for many situations.

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