So lots of people have asked about OFPF (One Finger Per Fret) on lots of forums, but I find that the discussion always ends up being about pinkies. I have no problem using my pinky. It can man up and do some work. What I'm interested in discussing is how to go about improvising finger position when OFPF can't apply. I'll give some examples:
- You want to play a scale over 5 frets or more. So lets say fret 3,5,7 on the E string etc. (G maj with the third interval on the same string as the root instead of on the higher A string fret 2). Now clearly finger one gets the G and finger 4 gets the B. But who gets the A? It should be 3 if we want to maintain some of the OFPF. But then the stretch of the pinky becomes worse?
- You play the same fret on two strings consecutively. Say fret 5 on E string and then on A string. Now jumping the first finger will mean the first note dies before the second note starts. This may be desirable, granted, but may not be. What then? Do you briefly abandon your OFPF and then return, or just leave it altogether?
I understand that answers will probably be along the lines of "whatever is comfortable". Firstly I'm interested to hear what you people find comfortable though, and secondly just if anyone does know of like what the formal rules are, that is sometimes helpful.