#1
hey, when playing scales (descending), solo's or anything lead, should you put all the fingers you'll be using in position at once, or one finger at a time?
#2
well
i always like to get my fingers ready for where theyll be playing
but i wouldnt put all of them in place..it takes a long time for soloing at least
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#3
Stick ya thumb firmly to the back of the neck and place your fingers just before you pick the note, DONT PLACE ALL FINGERS DOWN THE PICK THE NOTES, THATS CALLED AN ARPPEGIO!!
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#4
Saddam, are you meaning something like 10-8-7 on the same string?
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Assuming he means on the same string, which I think he does, in a nutshell --
yeah, when you can.

Think about it. The sooner your fingers are in position to play the next note,
the shorter the distance they have to move when needed. The shorter the
distance, the shorter the time. That directly translates into ability to play
faster.

Now that I think about it, same string or not, as a general rule it stands.
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Stick ya thumb firmly to the back of the neck and place your fingers just before you pick the note, DONT PLACE ALL FINGERS DOWN THE PICK THE NOTES, THATS CALLED AN ARPPEGIO!!
Here's the definition of arpeggio according to The Harvard Dictionary of Music- The notes of a chord played one after another instead of simultaneously.

I'm not sure what you were trying to define, but I don't think it was an arpeggio.
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Here's the definition of arpeggio according to The Harvard Dictionary of Music- The notes of a chord played one after another instead of simultaneously.

I'm not sure what you were trying to define, but I don't think it was an arpeggio.


The guy said should he place his fingers all at once then pick the notes, my reply was NO as that is simply not how you play scales, Chords are made up of notes from a scale as you well know so placing his fingers down in the same fashion as you would do with a chord then picking the notes is a form of arpeggio, ya get me.

Either way, placing all fingers in place then picking out the notes is the wrong way of going about playing a scalem as it restricts movement and freedom and does not help when changing between minnors and major scales or modes.
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The guy said should he place his fingers all at once then pick the notes, my reply was NO as that is simply not how you play scales. Chords are made up of notes from a scale as you well know so placing his fingers down in the same fashion as you would do with a chord then picking the notes is a form of arpeggio, ya get me.
No, I'm afraid I don't get you. His question concerned scales and not chords. Your reply...
DONT PLACE ALL FINGERS DOWN THE PICK THE NOTES, THATS CALLED AN ARPPEGIO!!
...answered his question about scales with an answer about chords. That's what prompted my response.
Either way, placing all fingers in place then picking out the notes is the wrong way of going about playing a scale as it restricts movement and freedom and does not help when changing between minnors and major scales or modes.
I both get you and agree with you here.
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#10
Hm, I think there's confusion about interpretaion of the question.

The original poster asked should he "PUT all his fingers in POSITION at once"?

I took that to mean ready to play the note, but OVER the string. Is everyone else
taking this to mean, PRESSING the string? There's a difference. I'm not sure
what he was asking now.
#11
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Hm, I think there's confusion about interpretaion of the question. The original poster asked should he "PUT all his fingers in POSITION at once"? I took that to mean ready to play the note, but OVER the string. Is everyone else taking this to mean, PRESSING the string? There's a difference. I'm not sure what he was asking now.
As I read the question, I thought he was asking about whether or not to pre-press the string. Perhaps saddam would be willing to clear this up for us.
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As I read the question, I thought he was asking about whether or not to pre-press the string. Perhaps saddam would be willing to clear this up for us.

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#13
Getting off the topic here guys. Threadstarter you don't have to think too much about positioning your fingers as routine will just build up muscle memory anyway. It is a good habbit to keep your fingers close to the strings though (I know for some things my pinky might stick out in the air) as it helps a lot when playing faster things.

Watch any good artist (be-it on a dvd or just a busker on the streets) and you'll get a fair idea. This is why a good guitarist always makes things look easy - because there is minimal finger movement.
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#14
hey, i forgot about this thread.

what i ment was: 10-8-7-- do you put all fingers(me: pinky middle and index) in this postition and then play the notes, or do you hit the pinky note first, then the middle following etc... . As gp said, pre press or not?
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hey, i forgot about this thread.

what i ment was: 10-8-7-- do you put all fingers(me: pinky middle and index) in this postition and then play the notes, or do you hit the pinky note first, then the middle following etc... . As gp said, pre press or not?


You could do that, but keep in mind if you're not going to a pulloff effect, it's harder to avoid that because when you lift off with your pinky, the other note will ring no matter what because your other finger is fretting, even if it only rings a little. So it may be cleaner to not preposition but it's all in what you're going for in terms of sound.

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