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having trouble with flyaway index finger

Posted by thecowpokepicker on Saturday, March 6, 2010

Well, lately I've noticed that I'm having a flyaway problem. I actually payed attention to my picking hand. When I was playing fast, I caught my index finger flying five inches away from the string!

I don't have trouble going fast and the sound doesn't desintigrate; but it really bothers me and makes my hand cramp. I have began to control it a little better, now staying around an inch or two from the strings. But still; I just can't seem to stop it when I go fast! I also have trouble anchoring my ring finger to the head; it goes flying off as well.

It's getting very frustrating now; I try to slow down and watch myself; and sometimes it does work. But as soon as I speed up and look at the tablature; everything goes wrong again! 

Any suggestions? And by the way; how close are your fingers supposed to stay to the strings? I can't seem to get any closer than an inch!

Thanks, yall!

5 comments on “having trouble with flyaway index finger”

racer Says:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 @5:41:46 AM

hi if your age is correct i still think your growing nothing is going to stay in the same place very long it may take a little time my daughter had the same type of problem playing the piano and it was growing pains it may not help but it is an opinion the other question i am not sure about mine are about an inch from the strings ron

racer Says:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 @5:56:30 AM

hi i have used two sided stickytape it did not hurt the head and it helps train your fingers to stay on the head this might help ron

thecowpokepicker Says:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 @5:57:39 AM

Thanks, Ron. I'll try to keep the 1" factor in mind.
Happy Pickin

Texasbanjo Says:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 @7:37:13 AM

You're probably trying to play too fast too soon and your brain and fingers just aren't connecting right. Try to slow down for a while, not just a song or two, but for a while until the muscle memory has a chance to settle into place. Too fast, too soon is sloppy picking.

Oalbrets Says:
Sunday, March 7, 2010 @4:12:49 PM

Great advice Sherry.

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