Finger Labels & Position
I use the terms motor & fretting hand, rather than left & right. It took some practice, but I got there, sometimes resorting to left and right if a student is struggling.
p = pulgar
i = indio
m = medio
a = anular
c = chiquita
These are Spanish terms.
Way to remember: p-iMac
T = Thumb
For right handed players, look at the hands above as the back of the hands.
For left handed players, look at the hands above as the palm side and reversed [crossed].
- Position = location of the fretting hand, based on which fret the index located.
If your index is located at the 5th fret on the fretboard, you are in 5th position.
- Finger-Fret Assignments = when in a position, each finger gets a fret. If the index is at fret 5 (5th position), it will play the 5 frets on every string, the 2 finger plays the 6 frets, the 3 finger plays the 7’s, & the pinky plays the 8’s.
- Position is often indicated with Roman Numerals (I, II, III, IV, V, etc.).
We will indicate position with P1, P2, P3, etc.
- Shifting is changing positions.
- When a finger goes outside of normal finger-fret assignments, this is extension. When a finger goes inside, this is contraction.