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Fingering question

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by Snarf, Mar 15, 2006.


  1. Snarf

    Snarf

    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    So, I've only been playing upright for 2 months, having played electric for about 7 years and studying that as my principle instrument in school. My question pertains to F, Bb, and Eb minor patterns.

    I've tried to play F minor tetrachords using this pattern:

    1 (F) 4 (G) 4 (Ab), moving the pinky up a half step. This is awkward.

    So I've recently been using this pattern:

    1 (F) 2 (G) 4 (Ab), stretching the middle finger way out there to cover the whole step. This is more convenient, but it is also a strain on the hand. Keep in mind that I also have pretty large hands.

    So which of the two would you use/is accepted?
     
  2. ToR-Tu-Ra

    ToR-Tu-Ra

    Oct 15, 2005
    Mexico City
    I'd move my hand a half step after the F, so the index rests on the F# and you can play G with the middle finger and Ab with the pinky. That's how I'd do it, but that's just me...
     
  3. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    A lot depends on the range of the passage, but down low on the neck, I wouldn't (in general) play whole steps between 1 and 2; if I did, I'd sure be shifting or at least pivoting. When I play scales down low, I usually group them in units of two, shifting between the units.
     
  4. Snarf

    Snarf

    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    Hmm, thanks for the advice. FYI, all I'm playing is jazz, so walking and soloing. No arco, all pizz.