Intonation issues without the thumb marker:
- I didn't realize how much I depended on the thumb sticker and am really, really tempted to put it back on!! It's horrible knowing that I can have good intonation by just adding a sticker back on! Ugh...frustrating... I worked really hard to get good intonation using the thumb marker and penciled in frets and now I have to start the process over again. Out of my comfort zone again...
- I guess I can't complain - my teacher didn't suggest doing this, I just thought I was ready to start removing the markers. My goal was to have first position down by the end of the year, and since its already October, I'm a little behind!
- The thumb marker was really helpful because I always knew where I was on the fingerboard and neck, i.e. if I didn't feel that comfortable piece of tape below my thumb, I knew I was off.
- Now when I move from the A string to the D string, my thumb moves around which causes my entire hand to move so I become too sharp or flat! I'm going to have to figure out a body indicator or something to know if I'm in the correct place.
- hhmmmm... I wonder if it would have been better NOT to have used the thumb marker in the first place...
- Does this help the learning process or hinder it? Does it provide a good means for muscle memory or is learning first position without a marker better? Which helps develop intonation faster in the short term versus long term?
A great thumb marker:
- I tried some different types of thumb markers, but all of them just got greasy and peeled off. However, I've discovered a good way to make a great thumb marker that lasts until you decide to peel it off!
- I had painter's tape laying around so I cut a small thin piece and then put Johnson Strings Fingerboard Tape over the painter's tape for the thumb marker.
- This way, the fingerboard tape is sticking to the painter's tape and the Fingerboard Tape's metallic top keeps the sweat from making it peel faster.
- If I put JS Fingerboard Tape directly on the neck, it slides around after awhile because the glue heats up from my body heat and sweaty hands.
- Painter's tape also peels off fairly easily and I can stick it back on a few times. It's amazing stuff! I use it to mark off sections in my bow too.
- I also like layering the tape on top of each other to get a thicker feel. I normally cut two thin pieces of painters tape and stick them on top of each other, and then layer two JS Fingerboard Tape on top of that.
- The black felt thumb marker that comes with the JS Fingerboard Tape package gets really mushy and gooey quickly, and kept peeling off after a couple of days. I also found that the silver fret tape works best. I purchased both colors, but discovered the gold Fingerboard Tape rubs off to show silver underneath so it doesn't look as nice - so might as well get silver, right?
Anyway, hopefully it won't take that long for me to get my intonation back...grrrr..
I won't be doing a video this week (maybe next week) because my playing is really terrible right now! No exaggeration!
My practice log: Working on LOTS of scales to get my intonation back