Should I stick to the "always alternate the striking hand's fingers rule" here ?

That is to say : mim imi for the six first notes and mim imi mim imi for the last measure.

I am asking this because playing the triplets imi on the chords GDG or BGB seems a bit unnatural to me (but I am not so experienced).

The alternative would be to break the rule with mim on all triplets but then I guess it will be hard to build speed ?

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I agree mim imi may feel unnatural, and also may make articulation more difficult to control.

Consider: aim aim or mia mia. If the purpose is building technique, that will certainly help to activate the a finger and let you work on useful patterns.

  • Yeah, I'd choose m-i-a here for the triplets. Seems to feel the most natural to me. It's actually what my fingers chose for me ;) Nov 18, 2020 at 8:16
  • Ok thanks that's a good fingering ! And I never done these pattern so good for practicing :-)
    – anatolep
    Nov 18, 2020 at 13:09

This is an interesting question to consider. First of all I'd say there is no such "rule". When ever we try to apply hard and fast rules like that that automate our movements a counter example will pop up where it does more harm than good. A steady alternation might make sense in measure one if you can get used to it but on the other hand since you are playing a double on the down beat, i.e. bass note and first beat of the triplet it will feel more natural to reset the right hand to play the down beat as t + m.

The real issues are (1) how fast do you want to play this, and (2) what is the point of the exercise (assuming that it is an exercise). If the tempo is medium you won't have trouble with (mim) (mim) etc.

However, I am not sure your assumptions about the last measure hold. Since you are moving to another string group do you really want to try and keep mim going? It would seem that you might want to plant your right hand fingers as follows i on D, m on G and a on B. This would allow you to get the last pattern as ama.

This brings me to another "rule" which might be one finger one string. Again, none of these rules are hard and fast and should be taken as possible choices based on speed, tone, and ease of play.

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