When you descend on the next (moving toward open string) how should your free fingers come off? How far should they be floating above the string? For instance, say I'm doing chromatics: fingers 1-4 start on a section, then you lift 4, down lift 3, down lift 2 etc. How far should these fingers be coming off the string?
however far you want them to...
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try to get used to playing with them a cm or 2 away from the fretboard. thats what i was told. makes it easier when playing faster because your fingers are closer to the strings.