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Posted: December 31, 1969


Posted: March 10, 2011
I never really thought i used the tapes until one day I took off the first. Even though I did't think i looked at them, I kept trying to put my first finger on the second tape. I put it back on. I will try removing the second and see how that goes.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 9, 2011
Jack, I have students remove the second finger tape first. Both the 1st and 3rd fingers share anchor roles, but the second finger floats between the low and high positions at this point anyway.

Once you're comfortable with that, then I'd remove the 3rd finger tape, and then develop the habit of constantly checking the intonation with the lower adjacent open string. The 1st finger tape will remain as the reminder for the thumb placement and will be the last one to take off.

Once you've played a while without the tapes, you may want to put one back on for shifting, but we'll discuss that later.