"Best" fingering for scale (i.e B melodic minor)

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"Best" fingering for scale (i.e B melodic minor)

Post by whichwaytogo » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:32 am

In a lesson I just had, my teacher gave me his suggested fingerings for some (movable) scales that I need to play for my exam. He explained that he had tried many different fingerings and found that this works the best.

Unfortunately we ran out of time before I could clarify further and I'll only be seeing him again in 2 weeks. I'll practise as he suggested but in the meantime, thought it would be good if I could understand what makes it the best.

Just wondering, do you guys think that there is a "best fingering" for each type of scale (major, melodic minor/beginning on 6th or 5th string)? If so, why?

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Re: "Best" fingering for scale (i.e B melodic minor)

Post by MaritimeGuitarist » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:36 pm

No, I don't think that there is one "best fingering" for scales. In fingering a scale, players will usually attempt to limit the number of shifts and will also try to determine the best places for necessary shifts to occur. This will often come down to player preference. Scales should also be kept within a given position. In other words your fingers should rarely have to cover more than a 4 fret span--shifting is usually preferred over stretching. Awkward string crossings may also be considered, but since most exams require you to prepare a number of different right hand combinations, this is not always practical.

The latest edition of the Royal Conservatory of Music's technical guide now states that any reasonable scale fingering will be accepted of exams--more evidence that there is not one best way to finger a scale.

Edit--If you trust your teacher, than it may be best to use his/her fingerings.

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