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Jak
post Dec 18 2015, 07:53 PM
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So when alternate picking it seems most people recommend resting the wrist/palm on the lower strings for muting unwanted noise in addition to stability. This is no problem for me but where do u guys put your hand when picking the low e string since there is no lower string? Am I supposed to move my hand onto the body of the guitar or just kinda float it above the e string. I have a les Paul style body so the strings are fairly high off the body which makes it kinda awkward to have my hand resting on the actual body but hovering my hand above the string feels like I have no control. Maybe just need to practice floating my hand more?
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Todd Simpson
post Dec 18 2015, 09:43 PM
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I'd suggest try to find a "Middle Spot" on the bridge that you can place your hand and just tilt a bit to hit any string from low E to High E. That way you can eliminate unwanted noise no matter what string you are playing on. It's a natural thing to want to move your hand around during the mute. However, try to avoid this if possible. Not everyone can play like this as everyone has a different set of hands. But it's a great way to keep things muted and let your right hand worry about fretting. Make sense?

I'd say keep your hand over the bridge in the same spot, even if you are not muting, so that you can switch to a mute without re adjusting your hand. Can you shoot a pic or vid to show your current technique?

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So when alternate picking it seems most people recommend resting the wrist/palm on the lower strings for muting unwanted noise in addition to stability. This is no problem for me but where do u guys put your hand when picking the low e string since there is no lower string? Am I supposed to move my hand onto the body of the guitar or just kinda float it above the e string. I have a les Paul style body so the strings are fairly high off the body which makes it kinda awkward to have my hand resting on the actual body but hovering my hand above the string feels like I have no control. Maybe just need to practice floating my hand more?



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Darius Wave
post Dec 19 2015, 12:25 PM
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Simply move your resting point to bridge saddles (move your hand to the right). This way you will not mute the strings (low ones) and still get a solid resting point.


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