Re: Fingering for "morning Song" by Greg Howard
Brett Bottomley wrote:
I was working on this song again this morning and I have a question for Greg.
Usually when I approach the tune I ignore your fingerings because I generally use 4 fingers and you 3 in the right hand. I have however been finding it easier to play with 3, so i decided to try to decode the "stafftab". What I found is that you suggest using the same finger for moving down a 5th. Is this something you do a lot or just in tunes with a more staccato feel.
To me it feels more natural to alternate fingers.
The fingering choices usually depend on two things:
1. how I want the notes to sound
2. whether or not I'm shifting my position
I'm not sure exactly which instance you are talking about. I'm assuming it's the G to D in the 3rd measure. I would call this moving down "to the 5th" or moving down a 4th. This kind of sequence is repeated with two different fingerings, one where the 3rd finger repeats (and is staccato) and one where the 2nd and 3rd fingers alternate, and isn't staccato.
In the first one, I'm not changing position, but in the next one, where I'm playing F and C, I am shifting my position down toward the nut by two frets using a "traverse" move.
Repeating the note with the same finger works best when you "cock back" the hand a little to play the 2nd note, like lifting a hammer before striking a nail, rather than trying to do it all with finger movement.
Hand movement can truly be a part of every note, even when not changing positions.
If this isn't the example you were thinking of please point me to it!
I hope that helps. Time for a skype lesson?