I know there are lots of folks who say use whatever feels natural or gets the job done, and folks who say strict alternate most of the time but make exceptions where it makes sense. This is a question for committed 3-finger strict alternators, however. First question is, are there any players out there who use 3-finger SA without exception? I learned in many years of flatpicking that strict alternation is far superior to raking. Raked for years, spent more years unlearning it. I know there is debate among 2-finger players about SA vs. Raking. I lean more toward the SA players because of my experience with flatpicking. I'm working on RMI and I see the value of SA in many (most?) things, but there are certain things that seem more natural to play differently. For example, playing a 1-5-8 arpeggio like: Using lowercase g for the low g and uppercase G for the high G, -------------- --------G---- Ring --------D---- Middle --g---------- Index My instinct is to only ever play that as Index for the low g, Middle for the D, and Ring for the high G regardless of the ordering of the notes, regardless of what comes before or after. I would tend to change up the part prior to the arpeggio in order to play it with the "right" fingers rather than try to do something like: Middle for low g Index for D Ring for high G Question for committed 3-finger strict alternators: How do you handle such things? How would you play this? g-G-D-G g-G-D-G g-G-D-G The stretches needed for SA there seem very unwieldy to me.