I have learned from books and from advice here that it is good practice to keep one's fingers held down on an ascending sequence of notes on the same string. #In other words, if you play, say, B, C, D on the second string, you should keep your first and second fingers down on those frets as you approach the 5th fret, D.
But, if the next note after the D is on another string--say an E on the first string, for example--and then I come back to the second string, #should I be holding down the D in the meantime? #This doesn't seem right for a couple of reasons. #1.) Holding the D down for the duration of the E might extend its intended time duration, e.g., an eighth note becomes a quarter note--or more, depending on the length of that E. # 2.) #I tend to muff the E note with the finger holding down the D on the second fret. #
So, what's the full interpretation of the rule? #Keep fingers held down until you change strings, or until you exceed the written duration of the last note, or what? #I'm trying to train myself to KEEP THOSE FINGERS down, but I see now that there are exceptions to every rule (D*mmit)!