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> using the pinky as an anchor, bad habit or no??
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post Oct 30 2006, 02:34 AM
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Well I haven't used a pick in a couple months, so when I started using one again for here, and it took me all day just to get it to feel comfortable, I had to laugh cause I was missing strings! I was all over the place, but when I used my pinky as an anchor I felt more in control. After a few hours I get comfy again. So can that slow you down, or no? I've read some people are against it but I wanted to opinions..

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post Oct 30 2006, 08:31 AM
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Well I haven't used a pick in a couple months, so when I started using one again for here, and it took me all day just to get it to feel comfortable, I had to laugh cause I was missing strings! I was all over the place, but when I used my pinky as an anchor I felt more in control. After a few hours I get comfy again. So can that slow you down, or no? I've read some people are against it but I wanted to opinions..

john


First: The pick sucks! Nothing slows down learning as much as learning to master picking...
Unfortunately there are to many things which can't do without the pick. sad.gif

So if anyone feel they can live without heavy metal, speedpicking, harmonics - then skip the pick!

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post Oct 30 2006, 10:09 AM
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I`ve seen a proffesional guitar player playing with Eric Clapton in Erics concert this year. and he was playing with his pinky as an anchor . huh.gif and he never used a pick blink.gif
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post Oct 30 2006, 11:30 PM
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I think everybody has their own style: Look at Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci. They all hold the pick a little differently but they achieve super fast speeds. I say stick with whatever feels most comfortable and practice like crazy if you want to achieve those speeds. Don't overdo it though!
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post Oct 31 2006, 10:06 AM
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Michel Angelo Batio uses 3 fingers as an anchor. And he's extremely fast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXHLEovx9rA

LOL, "My picks were melting." blink.gif

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post Oct 31 2006, 04:57 PM
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I have never heard using the pinky as an achore called "correct" or "Incorrect" But I have heard it as a "suggested" method to help maintain your referance point in relationship with the strings. It seems to benifit most when picking individual strings, as opposed to strumming.
I use the technique occaisionally.
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post Oct 31 2006, 05:08 PM
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Oopsie unsure.gif I realised I missed the actual question - which was in the topic.

I agree with what's been said - that it's a matter of personal preference, just as with anything related to picking. For some kind of speepicking I find myself anchoring - sometime I don't...

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