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6 Fret Fingering

 

Question by Josh C
(Sheffield)

Who has six fingers?

 

Who has six fingers?

Hey Man!

Just wondering if the 6 fret finger (index/pinky) stretch method needs a finger assigned to a specific fret i.e the index finger can only cover any note on the first two frets across all strings in the whole 6 fret range the fingering covers?

Also just want to thankyou for providing such a enjoyable perspective into learning, very grateful I’ve been in a guitar rutt recently with just frustration and just maintaining my quality of playing but not improving, your lessons have given me that desire to jam again and improve 🙂

Thanks dude


M-A’s Answer:

Hello Josh, thanks for the nice words and sorry for the delay in answering your (very good) question.

Well, it depends on the context … (as always).

If / when you are learning scale positions , you hand should literally stick to the same place, and only the fingers move and extend. The pinky and index stretches are only helping us to “extend” the positions to get every note we need within reach, and this for all the notes required to sound the scale.

On the other hand (get it?), one of the main advantages of using, say, an index and pinky slide is to get this type of “diagonal” motion going. In such a case, the hand moves forward in frets.

For instance (and this is the simplest example I can think of), let’s look at the chromatic scale. Go to the page and look at the 6-note per string version of the chromatic scale (it’s called the second exercise).

You see?

The idea is playing frets 1-2 3 4 5-6
(notice the dash, indicating a finger slide)

and then on the next string playing 2-3 4 5 6-7

You see why? Because if we had played the same frets on the next string, we would play the same note twice (6th fret 6th string = Bb, and also, 1st fret 5th string = Bb). So we don’t want that! We want to move UP the chromatic scale.

Anyways, experiment with both way of learning the instrument. In the long run, if you end up playing neat flowing lines with chromaticism, you’ll be using the diagonal stuff more and more…

I hope this helps,

Marc-Andre Seguin
JazzGuitarLessons.net
“Improve Your Jazz Guitar Playing with a REAL Teacher”

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