Use of pinky for fretting

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    robinboyd
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    Hi Andrew,

    I’ve noticed in a couple of the songs I’ve learned lately, that it’s felt natural to fret with the pinky so that I can keep my fretting hand stationary and let other notes ring, but the videos have recommended that I lift my other fingers and use my ring finger instead. Particularly with When I’m 64, I feel like it sounds better to use the pinky after playing the G7 in bars 9 through 12 so that I can let the notes on the C and E strings ring. Is there a good reason for using the ring finger instead in this instance?

    Robin

    #26475

    Andrew
    Keymaster

    Unlike piano, which is very strict on fingering, uke doesn’t have a set right or wrong. We’ll always recommend the fingering we think is best, but sometimes it may not be best for your playing style. For example, I’ve watched a lot of Evan’s performances and noted the fingerings that he chooses. Sometimes they do not work well with my playing style, so I change them to best suit me.

    #26478

    robinboyd
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    Thanks. I noticed you fretted the Em chord differently in Moon from Evan.

    I’ll use the videos as a general guide and keep in mind the principles that Matt talked about in his live lesson when working out how I want to fret, then.

    #26702

    mymgb1
    Participant

    I have recently seen recommendations to finger the “D” chord using M-R-Pinky. Is there a real reason for this change from the norm?

    #26707

    Andrew
    Keymaster

    It really depends on where you are going or coming from. Check out our recent lesson on this.

    #26710

    robinboyd
    Participant

    I hint as to why you might want to use that fingering sometimes lies in the moveable chord shapes lesson that Lisa was talking about on another thread.

    #26734

    mymgb1
    Participant

    Excellent point,thank you

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