Right hand 3-finger isolation
Hi, I'm practicing 3-finger picking with my right hand.
But unfortunately my middle and ring fingers are almost like one finger. They are not isolated. It's impossible to bend them one by one separately.
So, when I do 3-finger picking(in 3-2-1-3-2-1 order), I first bend my ring finger and pluck.
At this moment, my middle finger is already bent too. So I need to straighten it and then pluck.
This unnecessary straightening ruins speed, consistency, and everything.
I've been practicing for about a year now but the maximum tempo I can keep up with (16-bit) is only 135 bpm.:scowl:
Anyone has overcome this poor finger isolation or have some special practices?
My favorite exercise for this is to practice playing normal bass parts and exercises with just my middle and ring fingers, rather than my index and middle fingers. It's very hard at first, but before long you'll build up ring-finger independence as a matter of necessity. One good thing about this is that it means that you can go ahead and practice whatever you would usually practice content-wise, rather than just mechanically performing exercises to improve your three-finger play.
If you really want to punish yourself, try the above with this exercise from Janek Gwizadala for a very effective way of practicing finger independence on both hands simultaneously.
just play the easier parts with middle- and ringfinger instead of indexfinger for the beginning. your hand feels odd and starts hurting after a bit - so you can just go back to index and middle until the hand is comfy again - then juast wait for the next easy part and start using the ringfinger again.
Pretty soon you'll be able to play quite long and more complex patterns.
I used to have the same problem but I solved it by using alternative finger picking patterns. For example, the above mentioned pattern (middle - ring) and the Index finger - Ring finger can help you bring that new finger to your playing. As a matter of fact, I would recomend more the index finger - ring finger pattern if you are starting. At the beginning, watch carefully your fingers and their coordination. Also remember that building up the strength and stamina required to make your fingers independent is something that takes a long time, so don't rush it, as soon as you feel that characteristic tension in your forearm, go a little bit further and then stop, in order to prevent an injury.
Yea.. I'll start using my ring finger as much as possible for usual playing.
Steadiness is always the key.
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