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  • Fretting problem

    Posted by Spiker on May 24, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Just starting the course and am having trouble stretching ring finger to 4th fret. Seems to work using pinky so my question is should I keep trying to get my ring finger all the way or use my pinky. Thanks for any replies

    Spiker replied 2 years, 12 months ago 6 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Ddtediejm

    May 24, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    If you are just starting out, you may be a bit stiff. I know I have to give the hands a pretty good stretch before I play, and even then sometimes the pinky stretch doesn’t always go as clean as I want. Just keep plugging away though, Spiker, and you will start to see improvement. Normal stuff for the time being.

  • Bill_Brown

    May 24, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Hey @Spiker , if you’re talking about today’s speed challenge exercise, the pinky handles the 4th fret👍

  • Crabby

    May 24, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    @Spiker, as Bill Brown said, generally you use 1 finger per fret. In other words you cover 4 frets without moving your hand.

    So the first fret would be your index finger, The second fret is your middle finger, the third fret is your ring finger, and the fourth fret is your pinky.

    Assuming that is what you are doing, it may be just a matter of getting your hands looser. This will come with time.

    In the beginning it is best to play as recommended. This will help develop good habits and build finger dexterity. However eventually you start recognizing your limitations or simply learn an easier way. When you get to that point there is nothing wrong with using a different fingering to accomplish what you want to play.

    • Alfred

      May 24, 2021 at 9:48 pm


  • MoochasPoochas

    May 25, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Check out the finger stretching skills course on

    TAC. It was really helpful for me to get that impossible stretch.

  • Spiker

    May 29, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the feedback

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