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"15 years playing"
« on: April 11, 2019, 02:33:35 pm »
Good morning everyone,

So yesterday I took my acoustic guitar for that adjustment that I mentioned in another thread, and something funny happened. The guy that talked to me told me that you put your fingers in the middle of the fret and not close to the fretwire. I said:

- Of course not, you put your finger close to the fretwire, not on top of it, but the closest possible.

And he said:

- I have been playing (guitar) for 15 years.

Meaning that he knows what he's talking about. And then I thought "man, this guy has been playing wrong guitar for 15 years" ;D

But I thought "hmm maybe he's right? I only know what I see on the internet but the fingers close to the fretwire makes so much sense".

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2019, 02:59:08 pm »
Close to the fret is best, down the 12th fret that’s probably near the middle but up by the headstock it would probably result in needing more pressure to get it to ring out properly which could result in being slightly sharp.
Distance and pressure are the main things to get the note to sound right, not too far away from the fret and not too much pressure.
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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2019, 03:25:58 pm »
It's easy to pull the note sharp if you press down too hard in the middle on frets near the nut. Especially true if your nut is a little higher than it should be.

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2019, 03:30:15 pm »
Close to the fret is best, down the 12th fret that’s probably near the middle but up by the headstock it would probably result in needing more pressure to get it to ring out properly which could result in being slightly sharp.
Distance and pressure are the main things to get the note to sound right, not too far away from the fret and not too much pressure.

Yeah that makes sense!

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2019, 03:31:36 pm »
It's easy to pull the note sharp if you press down too hard in the middle on frets near the nut. Especially true if your nut is a little higher than it should be.

Hmm interesting, but the general advice is close to the fret isn't?

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2019, 04:42:23 pm »
Hmm interesting, but the general advice is close to the fret isn't?

I think that's the point: fretting near the middle of the fret can cause problems, which is why you should be fretting close to the fret wire.

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2019, 05:03:45 pm »
Hmm interesting, but the general advice is close to the fret isn't?

I believe Justin says so in one of the very first lessons of the Beginner's Course*

Of course, you could take the (bad) advice of a bloke in a shop who's been playing for 15 years instead...

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*Here it is at 1:00 in

https://www.justinguitar.com/guitar-lessons/the-d-chord-bc-111

Follow. The. Lessons. Otherwise Justin may as well not have bothered making them.  ???
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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2019, 05:49:22 pm »
I believe Justin says so in one of the very first lessons of the Beginner's Course*

Of course, you could take the (bad) advice of a bloke in a shop who's been playing for 15 years instead...

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*Here it is at 1:00 in

https://www.justinguitar.com/guitar-lessons/the-d-chord-bc-111

Follow. The. Lessons. Otherwise Justin may as well not have bothered making them.  ???

Calm down man, I'm just commenting.

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2019, 06:20:02 pm »
I'm perfectly calm.

In the years that I've been coming to this forum I've got used to people asking basic questions that Justin answers in his lessons.

This suggests that 'some' people can't be bothered to follow the lessons, for whatever reasons.
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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2019, 07:29:29 pm »
I'm perfectly calm.

In the years that I've been coming to this forum I've got used to people asking basic questions that Justin answers in his lessons.

This suggests that 'some' people can't be bothered to follow the lessons, for whatever reasons.

I understand, but don't worry because I'm a perfeccionist with some OCD, so...

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2019, 08:41:33 pm »
For some chords, where the finger placement is a squeeze, like A with 3 fingers, of necessity not every note can be played next to the fret wire. But it is where you should be looking to get your fingers.
The 15 year dude may have 'mis-spoke'.

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Re: "15 years playing"
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2019, 12:16:38 am »
Yeah, best place to fret a note is right behind the fret. But there's some wiggle room. (Count your blessings that the guitar has frets; on something like a violin your finger placement needs to be precise or your intonation can be significantly off).

 

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