What fingering would you use here

What fingering would you use in the 2nd bar?
If I use index and pinky then then transition into the 3rd bar is awkward (index on D3 to index on A3).
If I use middle and pinky then the transition from the 1st bar is awkward (pinky on E5 to middle on D3).

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If I were playing it I would play the first bar of (A) notes with my pinky then transfer to my index for the second bar using my pinky again on the 5th fret and transitioning back to the index for the next bar if that makes sense You can leave the index barred across the 3rd fret on the A and D string for an easier transition using this method only moves the pinky across the strings

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Yeah that’s my plan C and would be ideal, but that’s even more difficult than the other two. I’m not very good at finger rolling (especially on the lower strings).

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Keep at it you can get it I am sure of it. Just might take a little time to master that finger roll

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I would play with pinky and index (just did). when changing from the D string to the A string, I would use the rolling finger technique or a microshift to the middle finger

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You mean index on D3 to middle on A3? Is that even legal?

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I hesitate to give you my bad habit, but this works for me on Come Down by Bush on that riff that goes quickly from a B to an F sharp - this has a similar vibe. I’m not a very good finger roller and I try not to bar strings of I don’t have to.

For the first transition into the second bar, totally agree with @LesterH

When I go from the F to the G and back to the F on the second bar, I’d grab that last F with my middle finger and then land on the first C on the third bar with my index finger. Then I’m ready for whatever is next.

It fits me and allows me to keep my muting in tact. Also, for what it’s worth, I’ll always “climb over” my middle finger with my index when I move strings like that - doesn’t matter the direction.

Again, your mileage may vary…

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Yeah tried that too, but my fingers always got confused at the sudden change to the middle finger. I’ll try some more to see if it starts feeling more natural.

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Hold on. Let me grab my bass

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Yes, exactly. My default would be the rolling finger but if I wanted to add some dynamics (a micro-slide) on D3-D2 with index finger and then drop my middle finger on A3

To check if it’s legal or not watch this technique video:

:innocent:

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Haha fair enough :smiley:

That’s a good idea with the slide to D2 as well, will try it tomorrow

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What song is this?

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Last couple of bars in Otherside

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Hah perfect :slight_smile:

Great album, I still listen to a few tracks off of Straight Outta Compton pretty regularly. NWA and Public Enemy really held up well over time.

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Yeah, I am gonna have to add a +1 to play the whole thing with index and pinky, finger rolling the string down, but if its not comfortable for you, do what you have to when transitioning.

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That’s the move!
Same fret, adjacent string is one of the most difficult fingering transitions (if not the most difficult). You’re not alone in this struggle!
But - definitely the way to do it.

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I have another fingering question, this one’s from Testify (RATM):


The question is about the ghost notes in the 4th bar, and the transition into the slide in the 1st bar. I’ve thought of 2 possible fingerings so far, but neither of them are very good:

  1. Index on A8, pinky on A10, slide on E with index: this is the easiest for playing the ghost notes, but I’m finding the transition into the slide on E impossible already at 80 bpm (song is 118 bpm)
  2. Play both A8 and A10 with index, slide on E with pinky: this makes the transition doable, but makes the ghost notes harder to play, and the slide is a bit awkward as well with the pinky

Which one would you go with? Any other suggestions?

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