I almost added this to the "Keeping Fingers Down" thread, because this question arose while learning the same tune as that one. # But, this is enough different from that issue--and comes up often enough in other tunes--that I think it warrants a new thread.
(The tune, btw, is Blair Athole, featured in last month's Mandolin Magazine. #Great tune!)
There is a phrase in the second measure of the B part which ends on the third string, fifth fret, an eighth note G. #The very next measure begins with another eighth note on the first string, fifth fret, an A. #
My problem is this: #I'm fretting that G note with my third finger (which I think is correct). #But, I need to play the next note, A, on the first string with the same finger, a split second later. #Making that quick jump seems to chop off the G note before it should end, and I barely get to the A on time and cleanly.
This problem is common enough for Simon Mayor to dedicate a whole section of one of his books to the problem. #His solution, however deals with jumping adjacent strings and I don't think his solution works here...at least not as far as I can see. #
So, how do you jump a given finger from one string to another, non-adjacent, string in a quick passage without it sounding choppy? #
(SMs solution for jumping to adjacent strings, same fret, involves using another finger for the first note. #That seems too difficult for this problem....)