Luis_Br wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 22, 2019 5:12 pm
The final choice should be the musical result. A more difficult fingering may result better articulation and sound. Nonetheless if it is too difficult you might not be able to use it well and it will sound bad, so easier fingering would be better.
Best fingering will change with your technical and musical evolution. If you have difficulties on shifting, you should study and solve it. Some players may choose more difficult fingerings to keep voicing articulation or reach some sound result (eg Julian Bream).
There is an interview with Christopher Parkening to Guitarcoop at youtube where he sais it is a pitty modern players avoid horizontal playing and they do not use to play melodies on the same string anymore. They do not explore the sound of the guitar.
If you check some Parkening arrangements and fingerings, he is a master choosing the most difficult ones...
Right. Absolutely agree.
Given that, the best sounding position is a sort of catch 22-ish game.
Suppose you have two fingerings for a phrase: "Easy" one where you can play effortlessly and flawlessly, and "Difficult" one where you cannot play it without making any buzz or other issue that requires you to work on for a while.
If you try both "Easy" one and "Difficult" one as you stand, "Easy" one inevitably sounds better than "Difficult" one overall, because the tune sounds more complete in the first place. So any fair comparison at this stage is impossible. Teacher or your guitarmate can possibly play "Difficult" one without a sweat for you to decide, but they are not you yourself.
So what happens to me oftentimes is that, I start off with the best out of I can already play, throughout the tune. Then eventually I spot out what I am not happy with in the course of 2-3 years playing the tune, and then try to improve them without changing their respective positios.
Failing that, I finally start explore something I really have to work on, i.e. "Difficult" one(s).
It is not just once that I have to go through this, but many times over the 2-3 year period to arrive at provisional bests at the respective times. In fact I allocate vast majority of time exploring ways to improve my performance of a tune, most notably trying many "Difficult" ones.
So, it's a good start to play in a position where you can play the phrase no problem.