Hi Mark,Mark Featherstone wrote:Thank you, Alan and Konstantin. I'm trying to keep all finger tips within a few mm (less than 5 mm) of the string, while moving them over the fret/string to be played in advance (say, while playing a scale).
It seems that it would be better to be able to keep the 4th finger over the fret on the 4th string, but that takes real effort, and I can feel my hand getting tired. It's tired even now after a night's rest.
Is your palm closer on the 1-finger side than on the 4-finger side? What happens if you are fretting 1 and 3 (and 4 is hovering one string higher as you describe), and then you keep this arrangement but rotate your wrist slightly so the palm gets closer to the fretboard on the 4th finger side?Mark Featherstone wrote:A big "problem" is when I am sequentially placing fingers 1, 3 and 4 on the same string, as during a scale. If I let my 4th completely relax, then when I place the 3rd finger, the 4 finger cocks backward over the next higher string, not the one I am about to play. So if I'm playing on the 4th string, then when I place finger 3, finger 4 will quickly retract to lie over the 3rd string.
I was not advising to change position on the fretboard, though (this is how this above reads to me). I was simply suggesting to look at the angle that the plane of your palm (or really, the line of the large knuckles on the palm side; the base of your fingers) makes with the treble-string edge of the fretboard as you are set in first position (fretting with 1 and 3 and seeing your 4-finger hover one string down/toward treble than it should be).Mark Featherstone wrote: so it will be interesting to move higher up the fretboard.
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