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How to play successive notes with same finger
How to play successive notes on different strings with same finger
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timkoop
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I've come across some songs where two successive notes need to be played with the same finger on different strings. How are you supposed to do this?

I've just been spanning both strings with one finger, but I'm not sure this technique will still work when I start learning vibrato.

Or are you supposed to awkwardly use a different finger?

Thanks

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So far most of the time I've been able to just keep using the same finger, but there have been songs and etudes where going through it the first time my teacher will have me use a different finger to play the note to keep it easier. So it might depend on the song what is easiest to do, and different for each player. 

I'm sure others with more playing experience will chime in with what they do, too 🙂

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timkoop, give us an example of that sheet music an we'll help you out. You basically shift or slide your finger depending on the part and interval.

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Off hand I recall learning to roll the finger to the next string.  I only recall having to do this in two songs at this point.  Swallowtail Jig and the notes on the GD string on Sad Romance.  When I first started playing it was the best solution, sometimes now I notice that I just use the finger separately.  I guess it depends of the next few notes on what I commit to.  If that makes sense. 

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Fiddlerman said
timkoop, give us an example of that sheet music an we'll help you out. You basically shift or slide your finger depending on the part and interval.  

Hark! The Harold Angels Sing, key of G. The notes for the words "Joyful all ye" are D D D G. That's the third finger on the A string then third finger on the D string, and there is no time for a pause between notes. There are a few other places in the song the same.

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So your trouble is going from the D on the A string to the G on the D string?
You should cover both strings with your 3rd finger and roll a bit to be more solid when you move over to the G on the D. 🙂
Let me know if you need a video or something.

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Here's another piece using the same notes. Bach's Minuet in G. Starts on  D on the A then G on the D string.  Still trying for sweet sounding but still getting a lot of "tinny" sound......Discouraging.

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I promise it really does get easier and less awkward feeling to play those kind of notes. If you aren't doing so already, practice playing just those two notes over and over, then add in the surrounding notes to make sure the whole thing is comfortable and natural, not just the two notes.

Usually when a note sequence is throwing me off my teacher will have me do it about 10 times in a row, if there is a slip up, start over at 1. She said this is how she practices to get things feeling natural, and not having to think about it so much when you go to play it. 

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That is great Mandy. Also, play it so slow that you can't make mistakes and the work up the tempo.

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