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Need advice regarding G-chord up-the-neck D-position

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Jul 12, 2018 - 11:57:18 AM

TNCarl

USA

179 posts since 8/11/2015

Okay, I've been practicing all the various G-chord inversions from down-the-neck to all the way up-the-neck and back, using only the first 3 strings. I've pretty much settled in on which fingers to use on everything except the very last one...the D-position using frets 21, 20 and 19.
No need to tell me which fingers go on what frets, as I can figure that out for myself, but please tell me which three fingers you've found to be the best choice for the G-chord, D-position this far up the neck.
I have tried different combinations up there, and it seems that pinkie, ring and middle is a little easier for me for this chord that high up the neck; however, I don't want to get used to that if it might not be the best combination to learn in the long term, as I've already had to "unlearn" some stuff I was doing wrong, and that's not easy sometimes.
I hope this makes sense.
BTW I would say I have "medium-size" fingers as hands go.
Carl

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:22:50 PM

164 posts since 9/23/2003

It depends on what you are playing, and where you are on the fingerboard. I use index middle and ring usually

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:34:57 PM
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Mooooo

USA

4253 posts since 8/20/2016
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I always use pinky, middle and index in case I want to reach down with the ring on the 3rd or 4th strings for the usual D position licks. Besides I find index, middle and ring very uncomfortable for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings. Maybe it's just habit though. I guess if I had to change to or from a difficult chord I might rethink it for each specific case, but my go-to is pinky, middle, index. It changes when I use only the first and second strings, I could use any fingers for that interval. In the end use what you find easiest.

Edited by - Mooooo on 07/12/2018 12:36:46

Jul 12, 2018 - 11:12:35 PM

adl1132

USA

47 posts since 12/18/2012

I always try to keep the ring finger available for the fourth string, when using the D position fingering. A little tight up around the 20th fret, but it works and is consistent with what you probably do in lower positions.
If I'm in a hurry, I might occasionally grab it with the index, middle and ring instead. Cultivate index, middle and pinkie first.

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:25:57 AM

seanray

USA

1636 posts since 9/11/2004

I rarely find a reason to play three or four note chords that high up. A double-stop usually gets it done. (G & B notes, 2nd & 1st string - 20 & 21st frets).

If you want to practice full chords up there then I'd keep them consistent with how you play them down the neck.

For the three note chord in question the two most useful fingerings are I-M-P (leaves R finger to fret 3rd & 4th strings) or I-M-R (leaves the P finger to add the C note on the 1st string - 22nd fret).

Jul 13, 2018 - 8:47:38 AM
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TNCarl

USA

179 posts since 8/11/2015

Thanks, all, for your good advice. I agree that I probably won't be playing up that high anyway, but it's likely not going to hurt me too much to practice it, for after all, it makes the the inversions before getting to the up-the-neck to the 21 and 22 frets seem easy compared to the latter two, ha, ha.
I'm striving to make every note sound clear before increasing the speed, so I'm going really slow at this point. Maybe I will soon leave off the final up-the-neck F and D position G-chords, and concentrate on the ones lower down the neck. Then I could pick up some speed and perhaps economize my practice time better.
Again, thanks, guys.
Carl

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