Moving on from pinky anchoring.
I just read an interesting interview with Zac Brown*, and it briefly mentions him learning not to anchor. I have a small hand and a dang short pinky, so anchoring was difficult as to make my pinky reach, my hand was too close to the strings to do as well as I do without anchoring. So, I play without anchoring. What are your thoughts and experience on anchoring vs. not anchoring, and how did you make the change over from anchor to non-anchor? Any advice for accuracy and technique for a floating picking- hand?
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I use a floating hand...to me it's just more comfortable. No tips on how to un-learn the anchoring, I've never done it, but in time you will know where your fingers and hand are, and they will land where you need them to be.
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I anchor my pinky if I'm singing and playing counter-melody lines at the same time, and do the floating hand thing if I'm not singing.
When I'm singing, I try not to look at the guitar, so I also unconsciously count frets when changing hand position.
Arnold Palmer had a god-awful, "wrong" golf swing, but it worked for him.
I will float*, anchor or drag (lightly touch -- one guitar has worn finish from this), depending upon the style, type of 'palm' muting and the guitar. players like to turn this into a big deal, but it's very much YMMV, and it's not black/white -- plenty of degrees in between. you may find more freedom to move for skipped-string cross-picking -- or you may find that your physiology requires some anchoring help to locate strings even after you've played a while. try it all, as there are usually situations where each gives an advantage.
* but only if playing while watching TV :wink:
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