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Ttask
post Jul 30 2007, 02:11 PM
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Hello there,

I've been playing the guitar for something about 6 months now and never hired a teacher, so I realize I can take bad habits. And I am afraid it is what I just did with my hand position while picking. To explain what might be a problem, here is a little schematic :

What most guitarists do:
|----\-------
|-----\------ ... [Neck]
|------\-----

What I do:
|------/-----
|-----/------ ... [Neck]
|----/-------

The '-' represent the strings and the '\' or '/' the pick. The above schematic illustrates the (exagerated) orientation of the pick I see on every picture or video of a guitarist. The image below illustrates "my" way of picking. When I first grabbed the guitar, I felt this was the most natural position and therefore adopted it. This is related to the position of my hand, which is located pretty low. It might be interresting to know that I also hold my pen in a silly way while writing, with a similar crooked wrist position.

This way, I feel comfortable, but I am afraid this is a bad habit and that one day I may regret it. Actually, I find it much harder this way to mute upper strings and to play pinched harmonics. There seems to be a lot of great guitar teachers here, so here is my question : Is it a common "problem"? Should I spend a couple of weeks/months trying to fix this or is it OK?

Thanks a lot!

(please excuse my poor English, I'm still learning)

Oh, and congratulations for the site, I only watched a few video lessons for now but those were great!
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post Jul 30 2007, 02:29 PM
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If you are having trouble developing other essential techniques such as palm muting and find in the future that you can not do it because of this, then change it.

However, if you can do these techniques with what feels most comfortable for you, go for it! If you can do anything someone else could do, what's the harm?

Also, welcome to GMC!

Finally, as for your English, not only would I have never have guessed it was not your first language, your spelling and grammar are much better than many of the people who I know who's first language is English smile.gif


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post Jul 30 2007, 05:00 PM
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Hi,

I was just afraid that in several months or years I'd find myself limited due to this odd position and would have lost all my right hand training, but it doesn't seem to be a common mistake with beginners so I'll continue like this. I tried the last two days to pick the "standard" way, but it's really much harder for me. I'd have to start again almost from scratch. Nevertheless, I'll still spend another couple of days working on palm muting just to be sure it won't be a problem in the future.

Thanks a lot for your quick answer.
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post Jul 30 2007, 05:53 PM
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No problem! Glad I could help.

I think it's going to benefit you greatly to find out if you are going to have problems before they arrive wink.gif


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