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Where To Place Fingers

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by MetroBass, Mar 12, 2009.


  1. MetroBass

    MetroBass

    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    I've always wondered which is the correct technique as I've seen it both ways. Is it more correct to place your finger on the fret itself or in between two frets when playing a note?

    Thanks for your response.
     
  2. nortonrider

    nortonrider

    Nov 20, 2007
    in between
     
  3. makanudo

    makanudo

    Dec 26, 2008
    closest to the fret as possible
     
  4. Lewis7789

    Lewis7789

    Sep 17, 2004
    Akron, Ohio USA
    Sales; ClearSonic Mfg.
    Actually, you"ll get the cleanest tone if you place your finger juuuust behind the fret.
     
  5. pedroims

    pedroims

    Dec 19, 2007
    Michigan
    not on the fret, not in middle between frets, just behind the fret
     
  6. MetroBass

    MetroBass

    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
    Thanks all - I think the "just behind the fret" sounds best! Especially when yur stretching the fingers.
     
  7. Mazatleco17

    Mazatleco17

    Mar 27, 2008
    +1 on just behind the fret.
     
  8. behind is da BOMB!!!
     
  9. David1234

    David1234

    Jun 1, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: SWR Amplifiers
    +1 more on just behind the fret.

    There's a leverage kind of principle happening. Lets say you had to hold the string on the fret with, say, 200g of weight to keep the string from buzzing.

    Touching the string right between the frets would mean both frets push back at you with 50% of your force, half each, adding up to an equal and opposite counterforce. So to get 200 grams of pressure at the fret that's being played you'd need 400g of total weight since each fret is pressing back at you with 200g of 'equal and opposite reaction'. So you're tiring your fingers out twice as much as you need to. Worse still if you play far back from the fret, you might need a kilo of weight to stop the buzz.

    Try it - see what's the least amount of pressure you can apply to make a clean note at various positions - and you'll know why most of us like to be right up "just behind" the fret.
     
  10. ScenicRoute

    ScenicRoute

    Dec 30, 2008
    Where ever you like the feel and tone created by your placement. There is no "should".
     

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