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> Playing 2 Notes On Same Fret, But Different String (in A Solo)
post Apr 11 2007, 04:08 AM
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Hi, I have been playing guitar for about 1 year now. About 2 weeks after I started playing, me and my dad went to a local Thanksgiving party, and a guy there played whole Freebird solo. My dad asked me "Now, when are YOU going to be able to play like that?" Well now since I feel I am capable of doing it, I want to learn the Freebird solo, I've basically mastered all the licks in the song except for just a few.... I'm sure you are familiar with the "trilling lick" that is halfway through the solo and contains the same phrase going on and on at a fast speed.


Ever since I have been playing the guitar, when there are 2 notes that are side by side on different strings, I always used my index finger to fret one of the notes while using the middle finger to fret the other note. This seemed to always work until recently when I tried to play the above lick and I couldn't make it flow over and over like the original Freebird solo. Looking for an answer to this problem, I went to Youtube and watched people playing the solo. I discovered that every single one of them used 1 index finger to fret both 15th frets, instead of index and middle finger like me. So I was just wondering, is this the proper way to play and am I doing it all wrong and need to start over to learn this method?

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post Apr 11 2007, 12:14 PM
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YES, use the index finger on both strings on fret 15!

There's nothing saying you can't use two fingers on the same fret on strings next to eachother like you're doing but I guaratee you that in this case fretting 'em with only your indexfinger will make it a lot easier.
In another situation the opposite (using two fingers) may work better

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