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You Picking Hand - Is it Floating or Anchored?

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  1. Thrup'ny Bit

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    But I drink left handed...
     
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    I learned to play guitar mostly on Metallica songs, so for years I anchored my hand on the bridge all the time so I could just roll forward slightly to mute and back to unmute. In recent years I've been playing a wider variety of music and now I mostly float, though I still anchor to the bridge when playing metal.
     
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    Amateur. :)
     
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    I was thinking about this last night. I’m not an “anchorer” and never have been but a lot of great guitar players do it. I naturally tend to play with a relaxed fist hovering. When I was analyzing my picking hand last night I realized I do play with an open hand sometimes and I think more often when I play standing up for whatever reason. Also, I do it when I play in a looser style like Hendrix. I tend not to think about these things and just play though.:D
     
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    Who you kiddin'....You drink 2 handed...
     
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    The only thing I do right handed is play guitar.
     
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    Drink problem. Two hands, one mouth...
     
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    Sounds like my young man named Arthur. Fearless and ambidextrous.

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    It wasn’t my choice. Due to arthritis and neuropathy in my right hand, I haven’t been able to hold a flat plectrum for almost five years now. It’s all about thumb picks for me.
     
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    And you probably have a pink on that hand as well, almost certainly holding up the empty pot for the bar man/ woman/ convertible to fill.:thumb:
     
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    I’m more interested in how you can drink, play guitar with your right hand, hold an empty glass on both pinkies and dictate your forum postings! Almost certainly Siri, Mrs Thru’pny bit’s still picking out fragments of the TV screen after last weeks cricket!
     
  12. Thrup'ny Bit

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    I don't have a TV. Or Siri. Or any other distractions.

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    Okay Father Jack! Enjoy your evening, but leave those Nuns alone.
     
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    I have a weird technique, I anchor my forearm just above the wrist against the guitar body - my entire hand and wrist is free floating I suppose you'd say.....
     
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    Oh feck, here we go. In June 1977 I had got a part in an RTE (Irish TV) drama series. I had one scene with Frank Kelly (Father Jack) and that took a week to rehearse. During that week he was a complete an utter "seeyountee", more interested in riding spare actresses than acting. But, I was on GBP 30 a day, so I did not give a folk. There is a tape of this apparently - I mean, me and him.
     
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    I would love to get one of those camera mounts, so i could see first "hand" all of the mistakes I'm making!

    The Tory Grady series is pretty darn cool.
    Even if you never use any of it, he definitely did crack the code, and put a spotlight on what makes some players picking mechanics work for them.

    Yeah, it's a little cartoonish, but very insightful. It really demystifies some of the seemingly impossible things some players can do.
     
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    That's not weird at all. A lot of players do this, some really great ones too.
     
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    Sometimes it floats freely.
    Sometimes i rest a bit of my hand on the bridge for some palm muting,
    or lightly touch the scratchplate (or the area where one would be, on some guitars)
    with my ring finger and pinky, but there's no force applied.
    i just do whatever works for the passage i'm playing at the moment.
     
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