Duck Wrangler and Rabbit Herder
- Apr 24, 2022
- Reaction score
- Cowichan Valley, Canada
My teacher pointed out to me that I've sometimes got notes that sort of "ghost" unintentionally, when I transfer frets between strings. I'd noticed this, but I had no idea why it was happening. He said it's because my finger is effectively leaping off of the string to jump to the next string. He is all about the right note at the right time: the fingers need to put just enough pressure on the string and release just enough pressure exactly when it's the right time to do so, and similarly, transferring pressure from one finger to another or from pressure to no-pressure is a precise thing. I had never thought about it, I just placed my fingers on the frets to get the notes that I'm supposed be getting. So this week, I'm working on pieces where I know I'm particularly (and annoyingly) prone to that ghost note feature, and really trying to place this finger there at that point, and disengage the pressure from that string at exactly the point where my other finger is engaging pressure on the other string. Wow, talk about intention! I can actually feel and hear the difference, but this is going to take a lot of focused work to get it close to smooth.