They Ought to Have a Name for it – Stuck in a (Fret) Rut

This happens with your fretting hand when you are playing a lick and you don’t get your fingers positioned exactly right before it is time to pick the notes. You’d like to lift one or more of your fingers and reposition them a little better, but it is too late; you’re already using those fretted positions!

And often you can’t wait just a little to do it, either, as the next set of notes requires that you simply slide that same fretting hand position up or down the fret board without lifting them. You’re stuck in a bad fret rut.

Not much can be done here; just play through it as best you can and make sure next time to get the fretting right the first time.

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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