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Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking

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GUEST,Neil Lowe 15 Mar 00 - 07:35 PM
McGrath of Harlow 15 Mar 00 - 07:47 PM
Whistle Stop 16 Mar 00 - 08:11 AM
McGrath of Harlow 16 Mar 00 - 08:12 PM
Art Thieme 16 Mar 00 - 08:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
From: GUEST,Neil Lowe
Date: 15 Mar 00 - 07:35 PM


Nope...short stubby fingers. But I get what you're saying.

I'm sitting here now, box in hand, fretboard staring at me with all the mistakes there just waiting to be made. I put my fingers on the board and strum a C7, no problem. Not one of the easiest chords for me to make (I don't like it all that much and don't play it very often), but not difficult either. I move six frets up and try the same fingering: fumble fumble. And even though the frets are a little closer up here, it doesn't look like my fingers had to move that much closer together. Maybe it's a horizontal thing. *BG*


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Subject: RE: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 15 Mar 00 - 07:47 PM

I actually find a C7 up there (where I suppose iits become a, F7) easier. But the shape is fractionally different, so if I was forming it up there I haven't got the muscle memory - but I might quite likely tend to form it down at the bottom and slide it (silently) up, and that to some extent avoids the difficulty.

Julian Bream, incidentaly has stubby fingers - not at all what you'd expect in a classical guitarist. Never stopped him.

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Subject: RE: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 16 Mar 00 - 08:11 AM

Thomas the Rhymer -- I think that what you do is great; you're creative and entertaining. Notwithstanding the comment above, I hope you keep it up; reading your messages is a lot of fun.

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Subject: RE: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 16 Mar 00 - 08:12 PM

If you set your browser to the smallest text size, it's still fine for reading the threads, quicker for scrolling through them - and the little tiny nasty posts just turn into squiggly black lines. I recommend it.

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Subject: RE: Fingers, Hitting Frets, & Not Looking
From: Art Thieme
Date: 16 Mar 00 - 08:38 PM

When on stage I tried to stare at the mike right in front of my nose. I never looked at my hands. The result was my eyes crossed and gave an interesting comic effect to even the most serious of songs. Try singing "The Death Of Queen Jane" or "EAST TEXAS RED" with your eyes crossed. ("...And Red was dead when the other two men sat down to eat their stew.") A wonderful cure for depression and a whole other dimension to one's set.



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