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Fingering for major arpeggio...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Suckbird, Aug 9, 2005.


  1. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Sweden
    G||--------------------------------||
    D||-----------------5--------------||
    A||-------2----5---------5----2----||
    E||--3-----------------------------||

    So, how do you finger the D and octave G?

    I play the D with my ring finger and the G with my pinky...

    It looks a bit weird but i cant figure out a better way to play it..

    how about you.. ?
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It depends. I guess most of the time I just place the pinky on the A and D string simultaneously, sometimes I use your fingering.
     
  3. Jeff Martinez

    Jeff Martinez

    May 10, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I would recommend starting with your ring finger or pinky on the E-string and finger it like this (using Amaj as an ex.):

    I-------------2----------------
    I---------2-------2------------
    I-----4---------------4--------
    I--5---------------------------
    4 3 1 2 1 3 (finger used)

    or, try this:

    I-----------------------------
    I--------------7--------------
    I----------7-------7----------
    I--5---9---------------9------
    1 4 2 3 2 4

    Also, using open strings when available is a good idea. I find it helpful to try each arpeggio in various positions to see what flows best with my hand position at that point in the song.
     
  4. WillBuckingham

    WillBuckingham

    Mar 30, 2005
    Hey Suckbird are you trying to make the top two notes ring out? If you are I would try using one of the other fingerings suggested. But if I were you I'd keep working on your fingering using your pinky for both the fifth and the octave. They don't have to sound simultaneously.
     
  5. I'd use the pinky for both the D and octave G.
     
  6. I would go 2-1-3-4-3-1-2 but I've got fairly big hands. This may not be comfortable for you, so you could just "Bar" the 5th and octave with your pinky.
     
  7. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    +1
     
  8. Tash

    Tash

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    I do 2-1-3-2-3-1-2.
     
  9. Bassist4Life

    Bassist4Life

    Dec 17, 2004
    Buffalo, NY
    I agree with Will. It really depends on what context your are playing the arpeggio. Articulation plays a big role in your fingering solution.

    Joe