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Andrew Cockburn
post Apr 20 2007, 09:08 PM
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I'm practicing 3-note per string scales ... I was wondering if there is a recommended way to finger the 5 fret stretches - I'm thinking of the middle fret, could either be middle or 3rd finger (obviously the outside notes are index and pinky) - anyone have any views?

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I tend to do it with the 2nd finger. That way you practice not only picking but also stretches and those are very important!


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QUOTE (Pavel @ Apr 20 2007, 04:13 PM) *
I tend to do it with the 2nd finger. That way you practice not only picking but also stretches and those are very important!


Aha, yes that makes a lot of sense - I am still in "positional" territory where I pick a position and use one finger per fret, and move if I need to cover more than 4 frets - I am seeing how limiting that is and ready to move onto biiiig stretches and 3 notes per string - makes my left hand ache though :-) Also, I'm really seeing how posture and thumb placement have to be right to do this kind of stuff ...

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on a side note: Paul Gilbert uses hes 3d finger, and he says that's comfortable for him and useful for the scale shapes. And he does wide stretches too (with his big hands:P)
But that's just gilbertish I think biggrin.gif

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Well....after seeing Rusty Cooley doing huge stretches on 1st to 7th fret on 6th string i no longer think about it. Correct fingering is more than important!!

I will try to make up one lesson on big stretches - make a slow one for beginning so you can have something to practice stretches. Pain in the hand while stretching is VERY normal - stretches are not easy to practice. BUT - if you play stretches for 10 minutes you will realize how easy it is to play in position after that.


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QUOTE (Pavel @ Apr 20 2007, 11:43 PM) *
Well....after seeing Rusty Cooley doing huge stretches on 1st to 7th fret on 6th string i no longer think about it. Correct fingering is more than important!!

I will try to make up one lesson on big stretches - make a slow one for beginning so you can have something to practice stretches. Pain in the hand while stretching is VERY normal - stretches are not easy to practice. BUT - if you play stretches for 10 minutes you will realize how easy it is to play in position after that.


Yeah, it's Gilbertyish or something like that wink.gif


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QUOTE (Pavel @ Apr 20 2007, 05:43 PM) *
I will try to make up one lesson on big stretches - make a slow one for beginning so you can have something to practice stretches.


Ooh, yes please smile.gif If you can come up with some cool, stretchy 3 note per string exercise riffs that would be just about perfect for me cool.gif

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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 20 2007, 11:04 PM) *
Ooh, yes please smile.gif If you can come up with some cool, stretchy 3 note per string exercise riffs that would be just about perfect for me cool.gif


I would be interested in seeing this.

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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 20 2007, 04:08 PM) *
I'm practicing 3-note per string scales ... I was wondering if there is a recommended way to finger the 5 fret stretches - I'm thinking of the middle fret, could either be middle or 3rd finger (obviously the outside notes are index and pinky) - anyone have any views?

Thanks,

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I normally use the index for the third fret instead of the mad mother finger simply because it allows me to throw the fourth note onto the same string with my pinky if I feel like doing it that way.



QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 20 2007, 04:18 PM) *
Aha, yes that makes a lot of sense - I am still in "positional" territory where I pick a position and use one finger per fret, and move if I need to cover more than 4 frets - I am seeing how limiting that is and ready to move onto biiiig stretches and 3 notes per string - makes my left hand ache though :-) Also, I'm really seeing how posture and thumb placement have to be right to do this kind of stuff ...

Thanks Pavel!


Oddly enough, I learned my scales playing three notes per string. I didn't have to worry about breaking out of positional boxes because until this year I hadn't even heard of them.
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