Question about pentatonic fingering

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  1. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    How do you do it? For example, in position 2 on the pentatonic scale I do exercises the traditional finger exercise way. Fingering 2-4 1-4 1-4 1-3 2-4 2-4. But in blues people do finger bending and vibrato which is nigh impossible with a pinky, so would it be better to shift fingers so you are using 1-3 1-4 1-4 1-3 1-3 1-3?

    For clarity, my examples are fingers used, not fret position.
     
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    LenPaul Premium Member

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    I prefer sticking to use of pinky, pinky doesn't have a lot of strength so it just fret the note
    while the middle & ring on the string behind the pinky do the heavy lifting.
     
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    Steven Senior Member

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    That's what I do, use 1-3 on most of the notes in the 2nd position minor pent shape. I often play most of my leads in the 2nd position on the G,B,E strings, and where you have your 3rd finger on the G string I instead use my 2 finger as a platform for easier 1-3 on the B and E string
     
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    You have 4 fingers on that hand. Use 4 fingers. I have had to do it that way because I don't have larger enough hands to comfortably stretch to only use 3 fingers.
     
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    SteveGangi V.I.P. Member

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    I use all 4 fingers, even though I do have enough reach to get away with fewer. Once you get used to it, it makes it easier.
     
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    Thumpalumpacus Senior Member

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    Back the pinky up with another finger or two and you'll bend just fine.

    I usually play 1-finger/1-fret except for more outside stuff.
     
  8. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    Shapes 3 and 5 especially lend themselves to shifting fingers 1 and 3 or 4 around to do them. Think I'll do them that way and the rest the normal way.
     
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    huw V.I.P. Member

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    Why choose?

    Learn both fingerings - they're each useful.

    It's worth mentioning that when you want to expand your scale use from just pentatonics to diatonic scales the "four fingers, one per fret" fingerings will make it a no-brainer to add in the two extra notes.

    :)
     
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    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    Good to know. And good idea. Thanks!
     

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