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Anomaly
post Apr 29 2007, 04:24 AM
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Hello!

I have trouble reaching some or most of fret positions. Like when I'm somewhere near the head (wider frets) I push down a string with my index finger and it's difficult to reach the neighboring fret even with my little finger. When I try to make that one-fret-per-finger rule work, I can do it, but I have to move slightly (half an inch, a centimeter). I hope this is okay? Will this improve in a while, or should I work on this separately?

And because I have trouble reaching the fret positions when I move my fingers apart and put then on the frets, they come down at an angle. The left side (looking from a position where the palm is facing me) of the index finger and the right side (looking from the same position) of the pinky are touching down the string. The middle finger and the ring finger don't really have that angle, but the other two do. And because I used the index finger a little more than others, I'm starting to get thick skin there, but only on half of the fingertip. I mean the other half of the fingertip is a lot less thick. And the angle is around 45°.
I saw that others have just a little angle. Should I continue practicing this way? And stretch my fingers? Not practice like this, practice with moving on the fretboard more until I can reach it properly? blink.gif


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post May 1 2007, 07:17 PM
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In case no one knows what I mean, here are some blurry (sorry, it was difficult to take them) photos.

The first two are of my whole left hand fretting, the next two are a close up of both fingers and the last one is when I tried to minimize this angle. My index finger is on the fifth fret and my pinky is on the eighth fret and the other two fingers aren't fretting.

Will this improve in a while, or should I work on this separately?

Oops, sorry about the images being so huge.
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post May 1 2007, 07:41 PM
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Maybe this will be smaller..

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post May 1 2007, 09:07 PM
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QUOTE (Anomaly @ May 1 2007, 02:41 PM) *
Maybe this will be smaller..

Maybe this will be smaller..
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I think it will become more easy and more comfortable with time and practice ...


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post May 1 2007, 10:05 PM
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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ May 1 2007, 08:07 PM) *
I think it will become more easy and more comfortable with time and practice ...


The 1 and 4 fingers are supposed to angle out a little when they're spread out for a reach, I thought. It gets a little more vertical when your hand gets some more strength and the joints in your palm stretch out but not totally. The fingers still mostly pivot at the knuckle rather than down into the palm.


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post May 1 2007, 11:03 PM
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Okay, thanks!


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