The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #19184   Message #194386
Posted By: Easy Rider
13-Mar-00 - 03:50 PM
Thread Name: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
Subject: RE: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
I don't think playing comes naturally, without thinking about what you are doing. Very often I find myself planning a musical phrase, stroke by stroke. When will I lift a finger? Which finger will I fret this note with? Which finger will I pluck this string with? The object is "economy of motion", not making extra motions that are not necessary. Economy of motion actually makes playing easier, but you have to plan it very deliberately, until it becomes second nature. That requires looking at your hands, while you play a phrase slowly, note by note.