what's the best way to play this?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by szvonek, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. For some reason I always struggle with this general pattern when played as 1/16th notes or faster (on my right hand):


    It's like a reverse rake, and it drives me crazy. Has anyone found a special finger pattern that works best for this? I usually end up doing something like 3-2-1-2 or 1-2-1-2...I'm guessing 3-2-1-2 might work best with practice, but are there any tricks out there that I don't know about? That seems like a dumb question now but I've already typed this much and who knows...!
  2. Sippy


    Aug 1, 2005
    I'd do a 1-2 and then slide my 1 up the strings
  3. I would imagine the best way is whichever one works for you... personally, I'd play it 1-2-1-2.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, 1-2-1-2. No raking. Raking bad. Alternation good.
  5. grazi all...I'll try practicing the ol' 1-2-1-2
  6. unless you are trying to get your 3 finger picking up to scratch, in which case just practice 3-2-1-3 until you get it. string skipping like this is the hardest part of getting smooth 3 finger picking down, IME. (i assume form your original post you are using 3 fingers normally:))
  7. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    3-2-1-3, 2-1-3-2, 1-3-2-1


    1-2-1-2, 2-1-2-1


    4-3-2-1, 3-2-1-4, 1-4-3-2

    Depends on how many fingers i wanna use, and it's very important that you develop a plucking pattern which will become muscle memory... just plucking randomly is not good, nor is raking...
  8. what he said :)
  9. eekmo


    Feb 13, 2004
    Sachse, TX
    Open hammer-pluck : (l)1 (r)t (r)1 (r)2

    depending on context.