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  • Hand position

    Posted by va601m on November 17, 2021 at 9:49 am

    When strumming guitar I have a tendency of using my pinky finder to support or orient my hand on guitar. Don’t have a problem doing it but will this cause issues in future. Beginner

    N-lightMike replied 2 years, 5 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Marty73

    November 17, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Not one bit! A lot of players here put their pinky down on the face board. And few don’t. There is not right or wrong way. It’s how conferable you are with your strumming hand placement. Tony covered this topic years ago in a live question and answer in a monthly meeting he use to have. Now it’s every 90 days. Miss the old TAC! 😊🧙‍♂️😎

  • jumpinjeff

    November 17, 2021 at 10:49 am

    @va601m , If keeping your pinky anchored is working for you now keep the practice going. If later you find it gives you difficulties…pick it up.

    My experience is similar, I anchored until it was clear to me the practice of anchoring was slowing me down and hampering my tone choices. Then I picked up the anchor, adjusted and move on. No harm no foul.

    The beauty of our journeys is we CAN do what works when we need it to work. As we develop today, we open endless doors of possibility for tomorrow. The key is to keep developing today so that tomorrow can come.

    Keep it light, keep it fun.

  • Carol-3M-Stillhand

    November 17, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    @va601m I agree with @jumpinjeff either way is fine if it makes the difference between you playing a song and not being able to play it. Using the pinky to support definately helps your right hand string awareness, so if you want to wean yourself from that, I’d do lots of right hand (picking hand) exercises… But it’s whatever works for you and keeps the fun in it!! There are some purists who say that pinky support is bad technique but I’d say only if it starts messing with your ability to play a song.

    (I can’t play Blackbird without my pinky support)😂

  • N-lightMike

    November 17, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Here’s the thing @va601m

    Some very good players do this. Others can’t do this as it causes stress in their hand. That’s the bottom line.

    If you can do it without causing stress, go for it. I do it. It helps me. At the beginning, I would sometimes put too much pressure on that little digit. So I had to learn to just touch, not press. But I never considered giving it up because so many great players do it and I felt it helped me a lot. That’s my story. Good thing it’s my decision. 😁

    MG 😀

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