Whoa! *3* fingers???
just cut to the chase at 6:15 …unless you’re really into Steve Hillage.
It’s almost like his 4th finger is paralyzed/crippled/otherwise in the “off” position.
I honestly *never* imagined that. In all these years. Never.
Yeah, I checked all the other ewetoob clips, too, and I can’t say 100% for certain (because of u2b vid quality), but it looks like he never uses his 4th finger for chording, either, except maybe for a couple barre chords. Even *those* I still wasn’t sure if maybe he wasn’t doing that double-jointed thing with the distal phalanx of his ring finger, or maybe he was skimping on the majors, catching the A and D with 2 and 3, then damping the rest…
I don’t know if it was better to discover this on youtube as compared to discovering it in a live performance, but it goes without saying I must now reassess a fuckload of suppositions regarding finger position. At least insofar as it relates to Steve Hillage.
No, I don’t plan to ditch *my* 4th finger all together, but holy fuck. He’s doing all that with *3* fingers?1!1/?!/1?!??
And it’s like, the faster he goes, the more his pinky assumes hyper-affected, upper-middle-class-English-gentleman-at-tea-time posturing.
Wow. So this means while Hillage was learning Parker solos on his guitar, way back when he was starting, it was all *completely* self-taught. No self-respecting guitar instructor anywhere would ever let a student get away with complete elimination of the 4th finger. In scales? In solos? None I’ve ever known, anyway.
Ya know, I didn’t catch him doing a D hammered to Dsus4 anywhere… you *must* use your 4th finger to play that… no… wait… barring GBE with 1, using 2 to play the D note, and then hammering the E string with 3. Damn.
[arms akimbo with a raised left eyebrow, punctuating head bobs, then ending with an upwards tilt of the nose]: I know some baroque pieces I’d like to see him play
sans pinky placement.
Yeah, like, whatever.
At least *I* can speak German. (check the u2b vid at ~7:30)
Now to just get good enough to get my own concert
at a German high school
get it broadcast ins deutsche Fernsehen
(naja. *noch* einmal: sif)
This entry was posted on Thursday, August 7, 2008 ... 7:17 by Richard. It was filed under Favorite bands, Music, Steve Hillage and was tagged with guitar, guitar phenoms who scale with 3 fingers, Pete enjoys tea, playing form.