#1
hay UG,

so i have produced this bad habit,whenever i play the guitar i change my fingers with every note i play,my friend told me that it was alot harder to do it that way.How do i get over this?i don't have a teacher btw
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#2
I don't follow... You're saying you use a different finger on, say, the 7th fret as you would the 5th?
#3
^^^ No matter what it is the answer is the TS just needs to practice.
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#5
by the sounds of it, your playign a note, lifting fingers up and ending the note yes?
which enables you to possibly do the sweet child f mine with ease?
If its harder, then why bother when you've so clearly got it down.
Explain the problem in more detail though, cause i could be getting this wrong.
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#6
uhm no, i know this would be hard to tell ppl.

like at this piece of tab:
e|----------7~~---|
B|----------8~~---|
G|--------9-------
D|------9---------|
A|----7-----------|
E|-{0}------------|

normally one would play it as a barre chord, but i play it like my index on 7 then i release my index and go with my ring finger to 9 and then i use my index and mid fingers to play the 2 last notes.

i hope u get it now?
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#7
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^^^ No matter what it is the answer is the TS just needs to practice.

Not necessarily, if the friend is telling TS to slide every single note change, that is clearly wrong, unless TS is talking slide guitar, which is doubtful.

Actually, no, that's always wrong. You don't use one finger to play guitar. You're supposed to switch fingers on just about every note, except when it's a slide.

TS fix the quote in your sig.

Edit: Theoretically you're doing it exactly as a teacher would tell you to. But in that case, since it is a barre chord, hold the barre chord and pluck the strings individually rather than refret every string.
#8
thats fine dude ^^ as long as it sounds good to you

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#9
no wait its not rly a barre chord more like an arpeggio, but in the form of a barre chord(god i hope im doing this right)
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#10
Actually, you're doing it right, but not the easiest way, since this is a barre chord.
You might train to use all four fingers to fret this, but for doing other stuff, you're on the right track.
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#11
thats what my friend said, but how do i play tabs easier?should i just form it all in my head before i play it?

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Last edited by constructbot at Sep 30, 2008,
#12
so if i were to play sweet child o mine i would have to have my index on the 12 fret(the first 4), my ring finger on the 14th fret g string,and my pinky on the 15th? if so i need to keep the index on there right?
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#13
So you mean that you just fret one note at a time without thinking about if this note is a part of a chord formation with the other notes?
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#14
yup thats it i think how do i cure it?
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#15
What I do is that I play however I want just to memorize all the notes first, then start think of the most efficient way to put my fingers on each note based on the next following notes.
And it would help a whole lots learn chords and make your finger move my reflexes :p
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#17
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Gee do you have trouble walking as well?

wth dude im just asking for some help here, i bet u could play micheal angelo batio in 3 days huh?


@hminh87 thanks a lot, i'll try that!
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#18
The best way is to learn your major scales in all five positions. This way you only stretch your index and pinky.
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haha that made me laugh :L
but seriosuly man all you need to do is practise and force your self to use different fingers
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#20
I'll be honest I'd keep doing what you're doing if you can play it fast as if it was barred, because in my personal opinion I think it sounds better when each note is played separately rather than all muddy and together.
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#21
dude, i get told all the time to use different fingerings, but ill be honest its not holding me back, i can play as well as the next guy my way
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#22
You're better off using fingers for chords when it's applicable.

i.e. Stairway to Heaven

For the intro, you do NOT want to use index on 5th fret G string, then lift and use on B and then lift and use on E.

You want to barre strings D to E (4 to 1). You want to use the most effective fingering. Sort of how like also in the intro of Stairway to Heaven, you should be plucking individual notes of a Dmaj, Cmaj and Gmaj chord (fingering the open chord straight away) rather than taking them one note at a time with individual fingers. Does that make some sense?
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