#1
Here's an issue I've been having ever since I started playing guitar about two months ago and was partially a consequence of learning through Rocksmith.

I have no trouble whatsoever playing continuous chord progressions and chord solos, but when it comes to solos that involve single note fretting on multiple strings, I hit a bit of a roadblock. It sounds strange, but I only feel comfortable fretting notes with exclusively my pointer finger.

For example, I love the famous riff from Blink-182's 'Dammit,' but I can't bring myself to use more than my pointer finger, so I end up getting a lot of unwanted string noise and dirty-sounding notes. How can I go about training myself to use more than one finger on the strings, especially with this song?

Thanks in advance!

-Noah
#2
Quote by TheAviator1997
Here's an issue I've been having ever since I started playing guitar about two months ago and was partially a consequence of learning through Rocksmith.

I have no trouble whatsoever playing continuous chord progressions and chord solos, but when it comes to solos that involve single note fretting on multiple strings, I hit a bit of a roadblock. It sounds strange, but I only feel comfortable fretting notes with exclusively my pointer finger.

For example, I love the famous riff from Blink-182's 'Dammit,' but I can't bring myself to use more than my pointer finger, so I end up getting a lot of unwanted string noise and dirty-sounding notes. How can I go about training myself to use more than one finger on the strings, especially with this song?

Thanks in advance!

-Noah


By using the other fingers. Seriously bro, there's no other way around it. Other tips that may help you:

- Start by playing the song/riff/solo/whatever VERY slow and increase the tempo a little bit as you practice.
- Use a metronome.
- Divide the solo by parts.
- Learn how to mute the strings properly. There are tons of vids on this subject on youtube.
- Use that pinky from the beginning! When I was starting out (and I think that this is a common problem among most beginners), I totally neglected the pinky finger and never used it. Huge mistake! I wish I had realised sooner the importance of the pinky when playing guitar. I know it can be difficult at first, but start building as much finger strength and finger indenpendence as possible when starting.
- Don't know how you pick the strings, but this was another mistake that I made when I was starting out: I would downpick everything, which would slow me down a lot and make things sloppy, specially when playing solos. Get comfortable with alternate picking asap.

Btw, this thread should be on the Guitar Techniques forum: https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=9

No need to create another thread though, a mod will most likely move your thread. But next time you need help playing something, post on that forum
Last edited by DanyFS at Nov 24, 2015,
#3
Great advice above. Learn it the right way now or you'll be perpetually stuck with terrible technique. A little hard work now will save you time in the long run