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1-2-4 fingering: stretch

Question by Colin
(Belfast, UK)

Hi, Why do you stress the 1-2-4 fingering stretch rather than 1-3-4?
I and I’m sure other guitarists find the fingering stretch, particularly around the lower frets, pretty difficult.
Many thanks and what a great site I have to say.


M-A’s Answer:

Hello Colin, thanks for your question. The answer if pretty simple, from my perspective anyways! (-:

Let’s do a typical example: the first three notes of the F major scale, starting on the 6th string, 1st fret. We play the notes F – G – A.

Now, using the index for the first note is obvious.

The second note (G, 3rd fret) can indeed be played with the 3rd finger … problems occur when we have to stretch to play that A note (5th fret). The stretch is “hard” between fingers 3 and 4.

Alternatively, we use the second finger to play the G note. It is like a sacrifice: we must stretch somewhere, so might as well do it between fingers 1-2 instead of fingers 3-4.

Once again, this is how I am the most comfortable playing, and how I get the most bang for my buck in the long run of playing scales and improv.

I hope this helps,

Marc-Andre Seguin
JazzGuitarLessons.net

 

Old Comments for 1-2-4 fingering: stretch

Jan 01, 2014
My input on 1-2-4 Finger Stretch
by: Anonymous

I also find that the 1-2-4 finger stretch sometimes places your fingers in a better position when you have to slightly shift to continue playing the scale on the next string. I find it helps with my finger “memory” that tells me “Hey…you need to slightly shift your hand in this position to keep playing the scale correctly”. Happy practicing!

Michael


M-A’s Comments: Absolutely! It’s another neat feature of the 1-2-4 fingering.

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