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Playing open strings/4th finger
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Nashville, TN
July 25, 2011 - 1:26 pm
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My 4th finger sounds so sad, need practice!  Do you all play open strings or use 4th finger?  I do both, according to where it falls in the music.

July 25, 2011 - 1:39 pm
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The "usual" method is to avoid open strings, particularly the "E".  The consensus is that the fingered "E" is easier to hit for pitch consistent with the style of the particular music.  And the fingered "E" also usually has a better sound (quality) consistent with the other strings.

In addition, use of the 4 th finger becomes very important for faster music where it could be more awkward to change strings.

Fiddlerman free sheet music deals with these problems in many cases (even if people object smile

4 th finger also becomes important when, later, you might want to sneak up into 3 rd position.

I also don't like open "A".


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July 25, 2011 - 9:48 pm
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Open A and E sound horrible in my opinion, but I sometimes have to compromise if I miss it with my finger.

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July 26, 2011 - 7:13 pm
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If your 4th finger sounds bad you may need to add a little more pressure. Strength is a week point with the 4th finger. Work it up gradually so that you don't get pain but avoiding the use of the 4th finger is part of the problem with building strength, which is why I like even beginners to use it.

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Nashville, TN
July 30, 2011 - 1:24 pm
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I do sneak into the 3rd position sometimes according to what piece I am playing, to avoid the weak pinky.  I will just keep practicing and strengthen that pinky.  thanks for the advise.  yes, I am in Music City!  I no longer play in the bar scene, mostly in churches around town.  Much more fulfilling and I don't have to stay out late in a smokey bar with some old guy named something like Lester the Molester hassling me! kiss and besides, I am getting too old, I need my sleep

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May 20, 2012 - 2:04 am
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both...depends on the next note

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