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Different methods for teaching finger positions
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June 27, 2012 - 5:05 pm
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So I decided I need to buckle down and actually start playing scales and whatnot in addition to my simple exercises by getting sheet music from FM. Unfortunately, there is a big problem for me as I've been learning the strings, notes, and fingering a bit differently than how FM writes his music. It's frustrating as I can't get past little things. For example, when I see a roman numeral in my head that signifies what hand position I should be in, whereas FM uses them to signify the string you're on. Funny how little things like that can really slow someone down. Yay for being old(ish) and stubborn!



June 27, 2012 - 5:12 pm
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Give it a couple of days or just working at it as regular practice and I'd bet you'll be able to switch between the two ways of thinking/notating easily.  Any change always seems like a total pain in the butt for a day or two and then we're usually like "Oh, that?  That's easy..Nothing to it." 

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June 27, 2012 - 6:28 pm
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before you know it, you will be able to sight read music notation and ignore the fingering suggestions altogether. Then you will be looking at phrasing and deciding for yourself what hand posistion to use. It all comes with time.

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June 27, 2012 - 7:21 pm
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Thanks guys! I will say that I can read the notes just fine. I just can't quickly say which note goes with which finger. But hopefully like you said picklefish, in time I'll be able to know which note goes on which string very quickly. As it currently is, I read it before hand and decide how I want to play it and then write down the fingering that I want to do.

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June 27, 2012 - 11:41 pm
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It's been 6 months for me, and I'm still waiting for it to happen...

My fingers just seems to go where they're most confortable looking ahead to see what they'll play next. I wonder what they'll do if I ever learn to read music from a sheet of paper?


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