Three Notes across Three Strings - How do you approach the right hand?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ii7-V7, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I'm getting back into playing after taking about 6 years off. While I'm trying to fumble my way through old lines that I used to know I keep stumbling upon the same issue. So....

    How do you play three notes across three strings? i.e.

    ...particularly when you need to play it fast, but clear with even tone across the three notes. I'm trying a few different approaches to using my right hand. But, I'm wondering how others are approaching this.

    I've also noticed that if I'm playing a fourth note after these first three then transitioning to that fourth note quickly can be an issue. So, how would you (quickly and cleanly) play this:




    How would you approach this? Thanks!
  2. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    I typically use just two fingers, and in all these cases I'd probably go middle index middle and then the index is loaded and ready to go for that fourth note.

    Even with just three notes I find insuch situations that personally I get better rhythm by starting with my middle finger, it seems to help keep my hand moving towards the higher string.

    I know for fact I consciously changed to this order when I learned to play Fire by the Ohio Players
  3. zphreaky1

    zphreaky1 Far from good

    Apr 25, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    I would likely play the first two with the same finger. Fret the first note then roll the finger down to play the second. Prolly use second finger so I could hit the third note with my first then stretch or move to hit the last with my fourth finger.

    But I'm a newb so ymmv ;)

    Gluck and let us know what you come up with!
  4. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    I would practice and play two ways:

    -----7-- - ring finger
    ---8---- - middle finger
    -8------ - index finger

    -----7-- - middle finger
    ---8---- - index finger
    -8------ - Thumb finger (not slapping but with the left “pillow” side of the thumb, like classical guitar technique)

    -----7-10-- ring finger,plus Hammer-On
    ---8------- - middle finger
    -8--------- - Index finger

    -----7-10-- middle finger, plus either the ring finger or Hammer-On.
    ---8------- - index finger
    -8--------- - Thumb finger (not slapping)

    -----7----- ring finger
    ---8---10—middle / after the 4th string, again (1) middle or (2) the ring finger sliding from the 4th string.
    -8--------- index

    -----7----- middle
    ---8---10 index, / after the 4th string, either (1) the index finger , (2) the middle finger sliding from the 4th string, or (3) thumb (depending on the next bar notes/position)
    -8--------- thumb (not slapping)
    I prefer using the thumb.

    I really like those kind of exercises for my right hand fingers.
    It forces me to get out of my "comfort zone".

    Simple exercises up and down the fretboard:

    ---------10---- ring finger
    -------9--- middle
    ----8--------- index
    -7---------- thumb (not slapping)

    -10---- ring finger
    ---------9--- middle
    ------8--------- index
    ----7----------- thumb (not slapping)
  5. Sounds like you're talking about the left hand (fretting), while the OP is talking about the right (plucking).
  6. zphreaky1

    zphreaky1 Far from good

    Apr 25, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Funny how one can miss a little phrase like "right hand" eh ;)
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Strict alternation only. When you play fast, SA makes things so much smoother and even.