- Nov 16, 2022
What does it mean to get fingers tangled? The wrong finger moves?
It means fretting a note with the wrong finger. In this particular case, playing second fret on the G string with the first finger (pointer) rather than the second finger (middle). Jordan is trying to get us used to playing melody using first finger on first fret, second finger on second fret, and so on in first position unless otherwise indicated. Tangled fingers is my term from violin playing days and it refers to what happens when a poor fingering causes the fingers to cross one another. You'd kind of like to keep the fingers in their own lanes moving across the fretboard from string to string. Strictly speaking it isn't a matter of wrong or right and there are often several reasonable choices for fingering. I believe that Jordan is just trying to get us to burn in good habits of where we hold our left hand and what fingers we use for the basic melodies and chords (shapes) we are playing.What does it mean to get fingers tangled? The wrong finger moves?
I agree, halving the lesson is a great idea. Every one is different in terms of what they want. I happen to lean toward ailevin's proclivity of preferring to think about the structure and theory of what I'm playing. But I can hear the student before me needs to work on chord memorization and transitions (and that is what they're working on).I enjoy this thread and appreciate your sharing.
The halving of the lesson sounds like a great idea. The paths your wife and you are on is quite different and it may be tough to manage this. I am more like your wife, wanting to get proficient at the music at hand and too much theory frustrates because it slows down the playing and physical improvement. I envy your path of learning the theory in order to be able to create better.
I await your next (weekly?) installment. Thanks!
This would be my experience too. I like your decision to try a split format for your lessons. Good luck with that!None of the music theory, chord numbers, voicings etc. register with her at all. As she put it, "I am just trying to consistently play the chords and switch between them." She is also not familiar enough with the fretboard yet for any talk of locating the root of a chord to be useful.
I'm loving the opportunity to have a soprano strung low G. It's delightful. I'm sure you'll appreciate having the new Pops soprano strung that way.I know it is non-traditional, but I ordered it strung with low G so it would be consistent with what I am practicing on the tenor.
Not too late to start that - they're still at the early stages of their journey. I've done audio recordings of some of my pieces and it's very interesting to hear the differences.interesting thread... woulda been cool to have videos along the way (not nec posted here if not comfortable doing so, but to see your own progress)