#1
I use three fingers most of the time and I find it the fastest way to play when jumping strings a lot, or basically anything where my pick hand is busy. However, for trem picking (trem fingering?) I find it faster to use two. Have been trying to decide whether to persevere and try to get faster with 3, or just hone my two-finger technique for times when playing the same note several times (ie metal). Any hints? Thoughts on the matter? people whove dealt with similar problems?
#2
Ive never heard of trem finger lol but i can like do it lol.I jus rest my thumb on the pickups and get my hand uprgiht for good string jumping.
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#3
If you're willing, you can try Bill Dickens' Buddha Rope method and build up your 3-finger strength. He puts something between the strings and the fretboard as to add considerable tension. Then, he busts out a metronome, and plays 8th notes on each string for 5 minutes each. Then, when he takes away the rope, his fingers are much stronger, and he can pick faster.
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#4
honestly get better with 2 fingers, in any fast metal you will want to be able to play arpeggios really quick, and that is more raking across the strings, 3 fingers is going to take a lot longer to get as fast as 2 would, but its usefull to have (esp for triplets)

if you do decide to build up 3, i suggest learning it as 16th notes/8thnotes/quarter notes
because its sounds a lot smoother and will train each finger equally both physically and mentally(the hard part, esp for jumping strings)
#5
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honestly get better with 2 fingers, in any fast metal you will want to be able to play arpeggios really quick, and that is more raking across the strings, 3 fingers is going to take a lot longer to get as fast as 2 would, but its usefull to have (esp for triplets)

if you do decide to build up 3, i suggest learning it as 16th notes/8thnotes/quarter notes
because its sounds a lot smoother and will train each finger equally both physically and mentally(the hard part, esp for jumping strings)



EHHHH,,,,,,now if u saw me play 3 fingers i would say u would change ur mind.And i can play really fast with my fingers forever.So like ya.Triplets r a snap for me.But then thats just me.
Quote by Damaged Roses
I don't really understand why basses have 24 frets, I mean, I've never seen a bassist playing more than the 12 fret.


My Gear-
Warwick Double Buck
Epiphone EB0
GK MB 210
Fender Rumble
#6
i mean, ultimately 3 fingers is faster than 2, just saying its easier to get good at 2, go look at any of the greats, they all use 3 when going fast, even if its not triplets
#7
i play four and its my fastest i started out with three then decided to go with four it took me about 4 months to get the whole 4 finger picking down but was defiantely worth it i say go with getting your 3 finger picking faster
#8
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i play four and its my fastest i started out with three then decided to go with four it took me about 4 months to get the whole 4 finger picking down but was defiantely worth it i say go with getting your 3 finger picking faster



I do not recommend 4.Ur pinky is shorter then the rest of ur fingers and that would make it harder to reach the string which would cause u to turn ur wrist to a akward postion that would proly make u slow down and feel uncomfortable.But im not saying its impossible becuz it can be faster then 3 if u can do it.
Quote by Damaged Roses
I don't really understand why basses have 24 frets, I mean, I've never seen a bassist playing more than the 12 fret.


My Gear-
Warwick Double Buck
Epiphone EB0
GK MB 210
Fender Rumble
#9
Your third finger will never be as good as your index and middle, so i think it's better to concentrate on getting face-melting speed with two. I can use my third finger a little, but i have no real serious control over it like the other two. Remember, your index and middle have been used mainly all your life, so they have a good headstart.