Forum - Banjo Ben Clark

Arkansas Traveler Advice

Hi Ya’ll

I’ve been learning AT for the past weeek and noticed that I’m playing the fourth fret with my ring finger and it feels natural but I see that Ben plays it with his middle finger

Should I change to using that finger?


Yes, on the mandolin you generally stick to two frets per finger. So your first finger will take frets 1 and 2, your second will take 3&4, third will take 5&6, and fourth gets seven and eight. This brilliant system keeps you from needing to use your pinky almost at all, and works very well for most styles.

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I did see the video Ben did in that but didn’t know if it was something that is always stuck too

Thanks for confirming :+1:

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Unless you go up the neck. Yeah