as you guys may or may not know, I've essentially turned into a bassist (I dont like being heard in mixes) over the last 6 months or so. Ive been focusing mostly on fingerstyle. But i've noticed some different patterns people seem to use for picking:
theres the two finger alternating 1-2-1-2-1-2, etc. That's pretty straightforward. However, in attempt to play faster (and cover Death songs), I've been working a lot on three finger style.
i noticed the most natural way for ME to do it, or at least it feels right -- is leading with the first finger, ie, 1-2-3-2 1-2-3-2.
However, i read a column by Steve DiGiorgio where he mentions he does it ring finger first. Ie, 3-2-1-2 3-2-1-2. And since, I've noticed most other people do it this way. Ive tried it, and ive noticed the only real advantage to me is that the 3-2-1 3-2-1 thing makes galloping rhythms REALLY easy. However, it still feels really awkward for 16th note or even 8th note patterns to do this.
Is there an advantage to leading off with the ring finger? Am I fucking myself up long term by using my first finger to third finger thing? Am I just retarded ?
I tend to mostly use the Geddy Lee method of using two fingers, but using both sides of each finger, like playing with two picks. I'll occasionally throw in the ring finger, especially for string jumps and the occasional gallop. My technique's really varied, though, and I generally just fall into whatever feels natural for whatever I'm playing at that moment. I'd feel really limited by the John Myung four finger method (strictly following the 4-3-2-1 pattern).