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reynold
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well guys, though i never played bluegrass but after all this time im interested to it for some reason, anyway, last night i tried to play the basic blue grass rhyhm and faced a major difficulty. plz someone help me out....my question iswhile playin the basic bluegrass alternate bass rhythm whith a PICK where do u rest your hand, on the bridge or on your pinkie?? because to get the proper balance u need to rest your hand, and plz guide me to the proper method.
thanks all :D

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NoteBoat
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Most bluegrass guitarists I know rest on the bridge - since the guitar tends to be more treble in sound, picking close the bridge works well.

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reynold
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ya. while playin the solos i also rest on the bridge but how can u rest on the bridge while playin the rhythm, it gets kinda complicated, u cant freely shuffle, plz give some more explanation.
thank :)

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Denny
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I usually have my pinkie lightly resting on the guitar top for rythym strumming. Sometimes I have the edge of my palm brushing along the bridge pins. Use whatever feels comfortable for you.

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Dneck
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For bluegrass (and really everything else also) you want to have a loose wrist and NO finger plant. A stiff wrist or a planted finger will both slow you down. Sam Bush only plays with a stiff wrist because he broke his wrist badly.

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causnorign
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I always rest my pinkie on the face of the guitar. Maybe that's why the bluegrassers I jammed with left me in the dust :(


   
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Dneck
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its all about how you hold the pick. Its pretty easy to go fast when you hold the pick like it is about to fall out and pick with a loose wrist. Your hand should never hurt or get tired because you should not be using any muscles in it.

"And above all, respond to all questions regarding a given song's tonal orientation in the following manner: Hell, it don't matter just kick it off!"
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