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I was wondering what's the best position for your picking hand? Should I anchor it on the bridge to always imply string dampening or if I should keep from anchoring my palm or pinky and just be free floating so to speak?
I find my picking hand does all sorts of stuff, depending on what I'm trying to do. In general I don't anchor that hand. When I'm playing lead with a pick my pinky slides around on the top, giving me a reference point without anchoring.
Flexibility is the key. You will find that 'anchoring' it works against you in many techniques, like hybrid picking, chicken pickin, 'thumb strum' (a la Wes Montgomery), etc. There is no right answer and no two players are the same. For soloing in metal/hard rock, sure anchor[s] away, as it does make palm muting easier.
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