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#41, dreadful situation, review and help

Unread post by Tranman66 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:53 am

Ahhhh!!!!!!! i love this song, but i can't play it because my middle finger is too short to reach for that bass note at fret 5. Help help if you can. i don't think my middle finger will get any longer lol. Help.

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Unread post by Brock » Wed Oct 20, 2004 8:55 am

My recommendation is to just keep practicing to help your hands stretch some more.

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Unread post by erech » Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:55 am

use your ring finger to hit the bass note on the 5th fret. your middle finger should be hitting the 3rd fret on the A string, and your index finger on the 2th fret on the D string.

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E:--------------------------------
B:---------------8---3--3----3----
G:---5-----7-----4---x--0h4--x---- 
D:---2-----4-----5---4--x----0h4-- 
A:---3-----5---7-7---5--5----5---- 
E:-5-5---7-7---------------------- 
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Unread post by Tranman66 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 10:57 am

i am sorry, thats what i meant my ring finger is not long enough

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Unread post by dustin10 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:03 am

When I first started playing I didnt think I would ever reach it either. A year and a half later I have no problem reaching it. Just keep practicing and trying and your fingers will become more nimble over time, I promise.

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Unread post by taylordb » Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:12 am

Believe what Dustin is saying...it is the truth...you will get there with practice :)
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Unread post by mlb1399 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 11:14 am

I struggled with it too. It takes time to get it down. as they are not exactly easy beginner chords. My advice would be to spend some time trying to get that down but work on eaiser dave songs then work up to it. Good luck!

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Unread post by Tranman66 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 1:55 pm

ok thanks, you guys are right. I thought crash into me was impossible too, now it becomes so novice. Yupper, practice and patience.

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Unread post by Easy E » Wed Oct 20, 2004 3:39 pm

and its really more about setting your ring and pinky fingers and reaching back with your middle and index, try that out and if it works
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Unread post by mlb1399 » Wed Oct 20, 2004 3:41 pm

eze3484 wrote:and its really more about setting your ring and pinky fingers and reaching back with your middle and index, try that out and if it works
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Unread post by serialwired » Thu Oct 21, 2004 11:26 am

hey man! i am/was having the same problem with #41. i can't reach the 5th fret with my ring finger yet, but i posted a while back with the same question to make sure i had the correct fingering and i wasn't trying to do it completely wrong. but here is the reply i got....

while practicing a lot eventually allows you to stretch to fingering such as #41, there is a way to play it without a note. it's not perfect, and it's not correct, and definitely you should keep trying for the stretch, but try playing it like this for now:

E:--------------------------------
B:----------------8---3--3----3----
G:---5-----7-----4---x--0h4--x----
D:---2-----4-----x---4--x----0h4--
A:---x-----x---7-7---5--5----5----
E:-5-5---7-7----------------------

like i said, it's not correct, but sounds fine to me. atleast until i can stretch like dave. give it a shot! good luck.

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Unread post by c_tietze » Thu Oct 21, 2004 1:24 pm

Dr. Stanley Levinson of UMASS, he can perform a procedure called "digit extendus".

It's expensive but he'll add at least 1 1/2 inches to your length. (on your finger of course)
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Unread post by mlb1399 » Thu Oct 21, 2004 1:57 pm

If your looking for an easier way to play the intro you could always do this:

E---3---3----3----3
B---3---3----3----3
G---0---2----0----2
D---2---0--2-2-0-0
A-0-0-2-2----------
E--------------------
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Unread post by Kukini » Thu Oct 21, 2004 7:18 pm

wow, thats fast chord changing!

just messin, fix the tabs bro
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Unread post by mlb1399 » Thu Oct 21, 2004 8:28 pm

Yeah, I tried doing it the other way but for some reason it was kicking out some of the tab. So yeah, it is not how you normally view a tab. LOL

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