|Alternate Fingering Styles
||[May. 15th, 2005|10:30 am]
A forum for both new and seasoned players.
One thing I found out in a hurry is the pros and cons of various finger sizes. As my fingers are smaller, some chords are more accessible than others. I think our experiences and findings thus far is as good a place to start the discussion as any.|
Through both experimentation and online research, I have found that there are no purists out there to admonish us for not adhering to the diagram. The A chord is a good example of this. Set aside the obvious disclaimer about building up finger strength (I'm getting there), and consider this much:
I have found using my middle, ring and pinky finger to form an A much more accessible than using index, middle, ring. In digging around online about others who might share my A issue, I find that I am indeed not alone. Someone suggested learning multiple fingering approaches for certain problematic chords. To quote that forum participant:
Don't use your index finger in the mix. I use my pinky, ring and middle fingers, always have. There's more room that way. Remember, the charts that you see use "suggested" fingerings! If something isn't working for you try alternate fingering if possible. Also, I may use a different grip for a chord depending on what's coming up next if that different fingering makes it easier to transition from one chord to the next.It depends what chord you're going to next. If you are changing from an A to an F, his way will work best for you. If you are changing from an A to a G, then you probably want to use your index finger. Its good to learn multiple fingerings of the same chord for this reason.
I think there's something to that, especially for those of us with smaller fingers.