I’ve seen a lot of videos online saying correct fretting technique is to curl the fingers and land on the string directly with the very tip of the finger, the argument that this improves speed of playing and avoids touching other strings and accidentally bending the string.
I’ve also seen others advocating using the pads with the fingers straight so whilst they are touching other strings they are also muting them and some suggesting somewhere between the two approaches (hitting the string at a diagonal) however these tend to be discussed as an additional technique with fingertip still being discussed as the correct technique to learn.
For me using fingertips is simply too painful - I don’t seem to have enough padding so I’m just hitting bone and whilst eventually I might build callouses I can only play 1 minute tops like this so this would be a long and painful journey!
I definitely see how fingertip playing would be beneficial for electric/acoustic/classical guitar (where the strings are much closer) but this would also seem easier to do as 1. the strings are thinner and need less resistance and 2. because the strings are thinner they would probably imprint deeper and build callouses quicker - so you are irritating the skin not the bone like with bass strings. I wonder if fingertip bassists are primarily ex-guitarists who already have pre-existing callouses to help?
I’ve tried looking at a few videos of professionals and its hard to tell what they are doing exactly but not all of them appear to be curling their fingers all the time. I’m curious what people do so I’ve added a poll.
- In Between (at an angle)