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chaztrip
post Nov 6 2007, 10:51 AM
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I have a bad habit… maybe of when I am attempting to play fast I will anchor my ring finger in a pointed position down on my guitar. This is OK when I am in the higher strings but getting down low creates a problem.
Any tips on how to break this? Or do you have any clue to what I am saying…. biggrin.gif

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post Nov 6 2007, 07:04 PM
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I'm assuming that you mean your picking hand Chaz - so you use your ring finger to position and rest ? unsure.gif
I'd suggest practicing with your hand resting lightly on the bridge instead. You might find it easier to get to all the strings comfortably then.

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post Nov 6 2007, 10:26 PM
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QUOTE (tonymiro @ Nov 6 2007, 12:04 PM) *
I'm assuming that you mean your picking hand Chaz - so you use your ring finger to position and rest ? unsure.gif
I'd suggest practicing with your hand resting lightly on the bridge instead. You might find it easier to get to all the strings comfortably then.

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yes sorry that is exactly what I mean. I see players do it both ways and did not know if there was a benefit to either one.
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post Nov 6 2007, 10:33 PM
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QUOTE (chaztrip @ Nov 6 2007, 09:26 PM) *
yes sorry that is exactly what I mean. I see players do it both ways and did not know if there was a benefit to either one.


No benefit- Michael Angelo Batio (hope you've heard of him) picks by anchoring his hand, and hes amazing...

However, many other like myself prefer the bridge method...

Do what ever feels right to you!

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post Nov 7 2007, 02:47 AM
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QUOTE (DeepRoots @ Nov 6 2007, 09:33 PM) *
No benefit- Michael Angelo Batio (hope you've heard of him) picks by anchoring his hand, and hes amazing...

However, many other like myself prefer the bridge method...

Do what ever feels right to you!

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Eventually we'll hear Pavel on this issue and he'll disagree. It's in a few of his early lessons and it pops up on the forums every once in a while. I'm trying to keep all my pick-hand fingers curled in because I've seen enough stories about how it helped people break through on speed.

On my first guitar, it was very comfortable for me to rest the edge of the palm at the bridge. The bridge on the new one is kinda making me reassess that position though because of where the screws stick outl.


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post Nov 7 2007, 10:02 AM
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QUOTE (Scott Gentzen @ Nov 6 2007, 07:47 PM) *
Eventually we'll hear Pavel on this issue and he'll disagree. It's in a few of his early lessons and it pops up on the forums every once in a while. I'm trying to keep all my pick-hand fingers curled in because I've seen enough stories about how it helped people break through on speed.

On my first guitar, it was very comfortable for me to rest the edge of the palm at the bridge. The bridge on the new one is kinda making me reassess that position though because of where the screws stick outl.


Well I have been trying with my pick hand curled in and WOW much faster and I seem to have better control. I guess it really does not matter its what works best..... I mean after I watched Marty Friedman pick I was like HUH? dry.gif
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QUOTE (chaztrip @ Nov 7 2007, 09:02 AM) *
Well I have been trying with my pick hand curled in and WOW much faster and I seem to have better control. I guess it really does not matter its what works best..... I mean after I watched Marty Friedman pick I was like HUH? dry.gif


Yeah. It does eventually come down to what's comfortable for how you're trying to play. For every "this is the right way" you can come up with an example of a legendary player that doesn't do that. EVH has a bizarre way of handling his pick hand that I don't think anyone would advise being a good way to play. But it's hard to deny his impact on rock guitar.

The advantage of curling your fingers in and resting the edge of the palm on the bridge is a very efficient way of handling your pick hand though. Pick between the thumb and index. None of the other fingers are hanging out anywhere to get in the way and they're in easy position to pluck higher strings if needed. The palm edge on the bridge allows easier transition from no muting to light muting for sweeps to heavy palm muting.


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