- Oct 19, 2022
- Reaction score
- Redondo Beach, CA
May I ask how?Lol I suffer from that too! I'm working on it!
As is usually the case, my wife leaves about five minutes before the end of the lesson to pick up our granddaughter, and that is my time to go off topic with Jordan. Yesterday, I asked Jordan to talk through how they would instictively play the melody that I was working on and comment on slides/fingering and why they chose the string and fret that they chose, and whether they considered anything else. I was kind of hunting for principles or rules that they were using, but of course it is a taste and judgement call informed by what the melody is doing and how the player is phrasing. The one thing I did pick up is that they rarely use the pinkie unless it is to play a fret already under the pinkie, and similarly for the pointer finger, except that the pointer is used sometimes in a step before getting back to what I call home position where the four fingers cover the first four frets. This melody had nothing above 9th or 10th fret, so I don't know what Jordan would do playing back from a very high note in a descending arpeggio or something.
This week while practicing, I am trying to think in frets, as in, how many frets am I moving when I move up the fretboard? I'm also trying to feel my way along the fret with the finger that is going to land on the note or at least be conscious of the frets going by. I'm telling my thumb (and hand) to follow that leading finger rather than shifting my hand to get my finger in position to play the note. It's really kind of hilarious. It would be like trying to change how you walk by thinking about exactly how you move each muscle and shift your balance as you take a step--I expect that what you'd be mostly stumbling around like you're drunk for a while. Hopefully my muscles will begin to get it.