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daniel_marino
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i have a problem with my first and second finger.. i think it's "teething"? for example, i cant play well two adjacent notes like E and F note on the D string.. after playing the F note, then im gonna play next the E note, my first finger is one step away from the E note..  im always getting out of tune coz my first finger lands on the D#/Eb note.. its really frustrating and i feel discourage about it :'( .. anyone can help me pls.? thanks alot!

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It's too hard without a video to visualize exactly what's going on. I suspect your left hand is too low in relation to the fingerboard. In my opinion, your palm should face the fingerboard. The base knuckles of the left hand should be in line with the fingerboard. The instrument should be placed on your shoulder in such a way as you can reach the G string with your pinky. That being said, presuming you are pressing with your fingertips near the nails, you should have a better angle to make those notes..
As for my own experience, I found I had to be very conscious of what I was doing to train the muscle memory into the movements. So, go slow, pay attention and work on it. It will gradually improve. Hope this helps.

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Daniel, as a fairly new player I can relate to the frustration.  It really is just a matter of giving your fingers practice moving independently.  I know a lot of times while reading a piece, my brain goes faster then my fingers will move.  That lets me know to just slow down and practice at a slow speed.  Once I have practiced a piece many times and both my brain AND fingers know it, then I can speed it up again.  Hang in there and good luck. 

 

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Keep at it > it will come.

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For playing the F and then the E on the D string place both finger to play the F then lift the F to make it an E. If you measure then distance by having having your first finger down it will help.

 

 

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Exactly what screeeech said. Place both fingers down at the same time and lift the 2nd to play the E. Scales will help you learn to play more in tune. If you play the A on the D-string with all fingers down and lift one at a time it's the same thing. Great getting used to keeping as many fingers down as possible for the situation. Also great to get used to not lifting your fingers excessively.

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Sorry! just re-read your post there is not a whole step between E and F. That is a half step no space between your fingers. Also happens between B and C.

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screeeech said
Sorry! just re-read your post there is not a whole step between E and F. That is a half step no space between your fingers. Also happens between B and C.

In the Key of D major

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Even in the key of D major there is only a half step between E and F and between B and C.

However, in the key of D major we generally play F# and C# which makes a whole step between E and F# and between B and C#. Accidentals can be played in any key.

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I have same problem with my pinky since it's being too short. So like Screeech and Fiddlerman said, keep both your middle finger and index finger down when you play F and then lift your middle to play E, and I would say "add this:" then lift index to play D, then E, then put down your middle finger again to play F, then repeat. Play scale should help. Also like picklefish said, pay attention and remind yourself to place your index a little higher than you wanted to, and play with your finger tip. If your finger is laying down, it could change the note by a 1/2 step.

The other thing that helps me is to control your fingering by positioning your elbow: in your case it would be place your elbow a little more away from the center of your body so your index will be landed on the right spot, this is because when you placed your middle finger down to play F you probably moved your elbow toward the center part of your body.

practice makes perfect:)

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