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(@coolnama)
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So, Where do you put your right hand pinkie when you are picking ?

I put my pinkie a bit behind the hole so as to anchor myself ( or my hand ). Its not always behind the hole, but its always at the same distance and angle depending on where I place my hand. When I strum though I don't put my pinkie there because the movement comes from the elbow when strumming and from the wrist when picking.

I don't know, this is the "norm" for me but idk what kind of stuff you guys do so tell me.

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I make a fist with my right hand, i find it the easiest way to play the fastest; i had to change my picking style when i joined a band that played rhythm guitar twice as fast as i was used too, that was a technique that helped me speed up.


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I don't anchor either - just float my hand over the strings. It's faster, you get less tension, you have more dynamic control, and you can add other techniques (like right hand tapping or artificial harmonics) more easily.

It does take more practice, but I figure the benefits are worth it.

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I float, it's just easier for me.

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I have only recently started exploring finger picking. I have to go with floating the hand. I have tried both ways and have to agree with Noteboat, in that I feel less tension in my hand which makes me faster and more fluid. I do tend to rest my forearm a little more on the top of the guitar body when finger picking.

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I am a floater. my hand lands to damp or mute.

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So, Where do you put your right hand pinkie when you are picking ?

When I strum though I don't put my pinkie there because the movement comes from the elbow when strumming and from the wrist when picking.

The movement should always come from the wrist.

If you are using your elbow for your strumming you will tire quickly and wont be able to play as long without great upper arm endurance.

With finger picking, i find myself sometimes anchored and sometimes not. I dont know why. But using the tecnique where each finger has a coresponding string. The thumb for the bass note and the three bass strings on the guitar (E,A,D) then index for the G, middle for the B and ring for the E then the little finger has no use. I find i play cleaner and can play faster without anchoring the little finger, but my aim on the strings is better if i anchor, i'm less likley to plck the wrong string.

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Mine spends a lot of time curled around the wobble stick (er, vibrato, tremolo, whammy bar, etc)

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If I'm singing and playing lead lines, I generally rest it on the bottom of the bridge pickup. If I'm not singing, I let it float.

Right or wrong? I don't know but it feels comfortable to me that way.

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Sometimes on the lower edge of the bridge PU.

Sometimes floating. Always floating in songs when I use the whammy a lot. Always anchored when I sing.

Singing and using the whammy bar is not an option.

Absolutely no decisionmaking tied to this- just what seems to happen.

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I always have mine floating. In my Classical Guitar work I regularly need it to play flamenco rasgueados and it's no good having it anchored somewhere when I need it to strum chords.

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I put mine just here...

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So, Where do you put your right hand pinkie when you are picking ?

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Mine spends a lot of time curled around the wobble stick (er, vibrato, tremolo, whammy bar, etc) My little nephew calls it the "wedgie" bar when he's playing guitar hero. :D


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I don't anchor either - just float my hand over the strings. It's faster, you get less tension, you have more dynamic control, and you can add other techniques (like right hand tapping or artificial harmonics) more easily.

It does take more practice, but I figure the benefits are worth it.

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Although, I am finding I can only tap double-stops if I anchor the palm of my hand on the body of the guitar. Otherwise, I'm guaranteed to miss a string or catch one when pulling off from the tap. Anchoring is the only thing I've found that helps with that.

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