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fly away finger 12 years 4 months ago #408

Does anybody have any exercises for the fly away index finger.:woohoo:
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Re:fly away finger 12 years 4 months ago #409

Give me a little bit better description of your issue and I'll try my best to help you out. Are you having problems keeping the finger close to the frets?
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Re:fly away finger 12 years 4 months ago #417

Well, if he isn't, I am.
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Re:fly away finger 12 years 3 months ago #427

Yes I am. The index finger wants to come away from the strings
at about 1 inch when I try to get up to speed.Everything I have
read says it should be about 1/4 inch from the strings.It is
hard to get my speed up and stay in time. It is real frustrating
but I am not going to give up. Any practice technics or anything
would be greatly appreciaated.
Thank You
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Re:fly away finger 12 years 3 months ago #428

Ferrari -

Many students have a difficult time at first, keeping their right (picking) hand fingers close to the strings. So don't feel like you are alone regarding this issue.

I assume you are anchoring at least your pinky on the banjo head when you are playing. You may also attempt to anchor the ring finger as well.

You do not mention how long you have been playing. Too many banjo students are concerned about speed. Try to be patient and the speed will develop over time. I suggest you start every practice session with rolls and play them slowly. Gradually build your speed. Focus on keeping your fingers close to the strings, while anchoring your hand with the pinky and or ring finger. Practice rolls daily and play them repetitively. After awhile, stop looking at your right (picking hand) while you are playing the rolls. Try this (playing rolls) at least 10-15 minutes per day.

Over time you will notice improvement. As you mentioned, do not give up. Working hard pays dividends. Good luck.

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Re:fly away finger 12 years 3 months ago #430

Thanks for replying. I have been playing for about 2.5 years
with out any professional lessons. Eveything has been out of
books I have purchased. I can play about 20 songs but the
speed is not there because of the flyaway index finger. I did
know about this problem until I read it in a recent book I
purchased. So know I have to retrain my finger to do it
correctly. I have built a device out of tubing to keep my
finger from frailing up. It seems to be working.My timing is
alot smother when I go slow,but as soon as I speed up the
index finger does not want to do right.I am 56 years old so
this is a good challenge. If I had a instructor Im sure I
would be doing better.
Thanks again.
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