#1
I am beginning to learn a 3 finger picking technique. The way im going about this is with this finger pattern.

(note: Index-I, Middle-M, Ring-R)


I-M-R-M-I-M-R-M-I


to me that pattern seems more logical than

R-M-I-R-M-I

Is this correct of me to think this? any other opinions?
#2
I do R-M-I out of habit. It's like when you tap your fingers on a desk, it's more natural.
#3
Whatever works for you, i dont like it because you use your middle finger two times more than the others.

RMIRMI does take a while to get to a point where its smooth and you play in fours instead of triples.
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#4
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Whatever works for you, i dont like it because you use your middle finger two times more than the others.

RMIRMI does take a while to get to a point where its smooth and you play in fours instead of triples.


yeah the thing that seemed most awkward to me was it seemed like you were forced to play trips...but..smoothness comes with practice. might as well learn everyway
#5
It's just a bit of odd counting in your head:

1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4
R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I

I picked it up from when I had nothing to do in class I would roll the three fingers like that but counting them in my head as a duple. Helped a lot when I actually got on bass to play that way.
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It's just a bit of odd counting in your head:

1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4
R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I

I picked it up from when I had nothing to do in class I would roll the three fingers like that but counting them in my head as a duple. Helped a lot when I actually got on bass to play that way.

The counting is exactly the reason prefer when playing 8th 16th or 32nd notes
like R-M-I-M-R-M-I-M Thats the advantage imo to doubling up the middle
......1-2-3-4-1-2-3-4
Now when playing triplets I like just using each finger once
R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I
1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3
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#7
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It's your preference. I've never been able to get that comfortable doing R-M-I-M, I've practiced the odd counting enough to have it really engrained in my head.

R-M-I also works surprisingly well if you are playing shuffled 8ths.
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#8
R M I M is the way to go if you ask me. If you do it the other way, everything starts to feel like a hemiola
#9
R M I is better for me if i play fast. But when i play slowly i use both RMI and IMR
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#10
i start with my index finger as well. i've never been able to do it the other way round.

EDIT: i meant i go I M R I M R
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#11
The counting thing becomes a subconscious kinda thing, whatever you want to call it .... you cant possibly count as fast as you may end up needing to so its just something that your fingers will become used to.

All in all, the hardest thing for me to do is keep the pattern up while string skipping, working on that most of the time now. Its all your preference anyway, even which direction you go but thats probably a natural development from the anxious/nervous finger tapping thing.
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#12
ive been changing between both methods the last few weeks and cant decide which to use. R-M-I turns into triplets or even gallopping at a high tempo while with R-M-I-M I cant get much faster than 16ths at 105 bpm~
#13
Im a natural guy for playing triplets @,@ i learned 3 finger with the I-M-R-I-M-R pattern, while playing scales and whatnots hehe. Now im 4 fingering and its superb =D
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#14
I like R-M-I for triplets (just feels nicer than I-M-R to me) and for 8th or 16th notes i'll go M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I so its a 2-3-3 grouping (adds up to 8)
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#15
whatever works for you. I always liked R-M-I-M-R but thats my personal opinion
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#16
the whole point of 3 fingers is to keep your fingers from getting fatigued. R-M-I-M-R-M-I-M-R kinda defeats the purpose. It does still help with speed a bit though....I'm a big fan of the R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I-R-M-I
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#19
i do two different types of three finger picking, the super fast R-M-I gallop, but otherwise for playing normally i just use R-M-I-M, the opposite to what you do but that doesn't matter