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    Default Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    https://youtu.be/JaHexaUgpcU

    Tergal14 has lots of good videos on YT. This is one...on this lovely jig he uses his little finger in ways Iím not used to seeing, like on the fifth fret. This surprised me. Actually, it makes his playing look easier than it feels for me. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    That is interesting. I usually cheat to avoid use of the pinkie. Never thought of using it when I didn't need to.

    In any case, thanks for posting: I see that Tergal14 has a great collection of lessons on Irish tunes and techniques: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...lO8Abek3Hg-tHo . I'm going to take some time and dig into his videos.
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    Default Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    Well, it obviously works for him, but I wouldn't recommend it as standard practice. The conventional 2-fret-per-finger technique is the most efficient way to play, especially at faster tempos. It gets your little finger used to the stretch for the high B note in a fiddle tune, and it gets your 3rd finger used to the stretch for the occasional G# in first position.

    The 2-fret-per-finger convention is the mandolin version of 2-notes-per-finger technique on the violin. They figured this stuff out long ago, and you won't see a good fiddler using this technique.

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    Default Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    Hank, if you watch some of those videos, you are going to see a very nice collection of mandolins! He has a beautiful Gibson A-4 and a whiteface A-3, besides the MTO-2. All look gorgeous!

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    Default Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    I think it is significant in the case of this tune that it is the key of Dm, and therefore you will be playing notes on the first fret.

    In the majority of Irish tunes in D and G etc you don't usually need the first fret so many players use their first finger on the second fret and use the pinkie (if at all!) only on the seventh fret.

    But because in this tune you are using the first fret, it could (like perhaps in this performance) have the effect of basically moving your whole hand down a fret, in which case it might be easier to use the pinkie on the fifth fret.

    That's how it looks to me, anyway.
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    Default Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    Quote Originally Posted by Dagger Gordon View Post
    I think it is significant in the case of this tune that it is the key of Dm, and therefore you will be playing notes on the first fret.

    In the majority of Irish tunes in D and G etc you don't usually need the first fret so many players use their first finger on the second fret and use the pinkie (if at all!) only on the seventh fret.

    But because in this tune you are using the first fret, it could (like perhaps in this performance) have the effect of basically moving your whole hand down a fret, in which case it might be easier to use the pinkie on the fifth fret.

    That's how it looks to me, anyway.
    Now that makes sense to me. Thanks , Dagger.
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    Default Re: Brid Harper Jig Fingering

    That makes as much sense as anything. The guy can certainly play! FWIW, I’m learning the tune, using regular fingering. It’s working fine....so far.

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