04-09-2013 05:17 PM
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?
Thanks for any help!
04-09-2013 05:28 PM
04-10-2013 11:14 AM
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.
04-14-2013 05:36 PM
Like the others, I anchor some, but most of the time, I do not. I think the only time I do is when I turn the vol all the way down or when I'm muting completely while I'm trying to be silent. I don't think there's a time I pick and anchor. As mentioned, hybrid picking is not conducive to anchoring nor is alternate picking. I don't do it during palm muting either, but everyone finds a different way to mute "chugging" chords.
04-14-2013 06:09 PM
Pick or fingers - depends. Anchor only with pick, then heel on bridge - but not all the time.
04-20-2013 11:28 AM
Have you tried the thumb muting technique?
You mute the strings that are not being played with the thumb, and when you relax the hand you do it over on the thumb, not the palm. Done it for a year and it works great.
As with anchoring the hand it is not really neccecary. You let the fingers rest on the other strings, and just glide over them. That helps keep the hand relaxed, and it helps muting string noice.
Hope this helps
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