#1
For my fret hand, I know I have to curl my fingers over onto the strings, but should I be pressing down on the strings with:
  • the very tips of my fingers, just under my nails (i.e. the bit that faces a person when I point at them)
  • the underside of the tips of my fingers, directly under my nails (i.e. the bit that faces the ground when I point at something)


I'm asking this because I tried doing the former, and it seemed better at first, because there was a smaller surface area (and therefore didn't touch the other strings), but it hurt like MAD! Waaaay more than the latter did. So... which one is the right bit to press the strings down with?
Last edited by louis058 at Aug 24, 2010,
#2
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#3
Its all preference. The only reason people tell you to play on your finger tips as much as possible is because it will make it harder to play certain things down the line if you get used to it.
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#4
It's usually the tips of your finger, as it's a smaller surface area. And yeah, it'll hurt at first. However, if you play until it hurts, then have a rest, over time you will develop calluses (basically extra layers of skin) on your fingers. This makes your fingertips tougher, and is your bodies natural deterant. They develop naturally, and the more you play the easier it'll become and the quicker they'll develop
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#5
i think you should use the bottom of your fingers for chords and the ends of your fingers for individual notes...
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#6
Alright, thanks for the advice. As a side note, what are everyone's own preferences for this?
#7
Kinda depends what your doing. Generally for chords it would be the very tips of your fingers as you dont want to be muting the strings next to the note(s) you are fretting. Sometimes my finger will be flatter as I want my index finger to mute the higher (thinner) strings at the same time as fret a note, eg. index finger fretting 1st fret 5th string, rest of finger muting strings 4 - 1.

hope this helps.
#8
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Kinda depends what your doing. Generally for chords it would be the very tips of your fingers as you dont want to be muting the strings next to the note(s) you are fretting. Sometimes my finger will be flatter as I want my index finger to mute the higher (thinner) strings at the same time as fret a note, eg. index finger fretting 1st fret 5th string, rest of finger muting strings 4 - 1.

hope this helps.


Thank you, this has put my mind at rest completely.