How should I play this bar? I'm having trouble figuring out the fingering so that I can play it easily (or as easily as possible, anyways).



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I would suggest barring your index finger across the 9th fret, and use your middle and ring fingers for the other notes, until you reach the last 5 notes. Move your index finger to the 8th fret of the B string, and then use your ring, middle, then index finger on the 12th, 10th, and 9th fret respectively on the D string.

Hope this helps! :)

  • -1. Why would you use your 3rd finger for the 10th fret when using your 1st for the 9th. That makes no sense at all. You're cramming your 2nd finger out of the way and introducing an unnecessary stretch between 3rd and 4th finger. I hope you misread the tab.
    – yossarian
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 17:46
  • I think we may have become confused in our finger terminology. I define the index finger = 2nd, then the middle finger = 3rd, and then the 4th finger.
    – Ali
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 17:49
  • @Alistair Maxwell: Your definitions are out of the ordinary for the US. Explain up front next time... +1 anyway.
    – Anonymous
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 17:52
  • Ah. Yes, that's not standard US fingering. Index is 1st. Also, given your update, -1 because you should be using your index, middle, and pinky (not ring). ;)
    – yossarian
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 17:55
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    Using the pinky is almost certainly more "correct". I'd bet any jazz or classical player would use their pinky. However, Clapton never seems to use his. He'd probably use the fingering you've suggested, so there you go. In general, it's a playing style thing. If you have a style, play it that way. However, since the OP couldn't figure out how to finger this themselves, I'd advocate the "correct" way of doing it.
    – yossarian
    Commented Apr 15, 2011 at 18:02

Use your index finger for the 9th fret, 2nd (middle) finger for the 10th fret, and your 4th (pinky) finger for the 12th fret. Given that it's 8th notes, I think a barre is probably unnecessary (unless it's very fast), but could be placed across the 9th fret.

When you get to the one note on the 8th fret, use your index finger. You'll then need to stretch for the 12th fret immediately after, but you'll then be back to the above fingering.


Referring to Ali Maxwell's answer, a barre would be useless as you don't go immediately from one string to another with the same fret. Even if you did have to go from one string to another on the same fret, you would use a technique called finger-rolling, where you roll your finger and hit the other string with the soft part of your finger and mute the previous string with the tip of your finger. For this one, you simply have to use your index finger for the 8th and 9th fret, your middle finger for the 10th fret and your pinky for the 12th fret.

Practice with this riff slowly and increase the tempo as you would when learning any other riff.

  • Ah, probably better to comment on his answer rather than address issues with his answer in a separate answer. Commented Dec 27, 2015 at 1:08

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