I need help with the fingering of this Robben Ford nugget

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  1. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

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    Here's the trouble spot

    -5-
    -----7 <---- troubled fingering leads to sympathetic harmonic on first string
    ---------7
    -------------7
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    I get this unwanted harmonic mess when I finger the 7's in the tab
    with my middle fingers anterior joint.

    I find if if I finger those 7th fret notes
    ring (2-7)
    middle (3-7)
    index (4-7)

    I can play it clean with that strange fingering but it slows me down.

    How would you finger and pick those three notes?



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  2. Banditt

    Banditt Supporting Member

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    Hope this isn't a trick question, but I've been lucky enough to spend some time with Robben. I'm positive he would say " Why do you have to play it that way"? There are +6 ways to play that easy note combination on a fretboard. Robben can't play some things you can cause of the size of your or his hands...he's not worried about it...why should you?

    Dig the music that he's playing and make it your own...he can't play you.

    I asked him once if he can listen to someone and know, like me, that they have listened to him and are trying to cop his thing. He smiled slightly irritated as if he was dumbfounded and said, " I know ME pretty well!!"! Lol!
     
  3. EDS

    EDS Supporting Member

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    I think some context is also necessary - not only tempo but just the way he articulates it could effect how you'd finger it.
     
  4. kirk95

    kirk95 Jazz Lines You Can Use in the Blues Silver Supporting Member

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    Try this... so much easier! :)

    -5--2------ pull-off
    -----3------down stroke
    ---------2--down stroke

    -5--2------ pull-off
    -----3------down stroke
    ---------2--up stroke

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