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Old 05-03-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Holding the Guitar Neck (w/ Pics)

Hey guys, I am wondering if my technique here is correct;

Here is how I see other people hold it :
http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/5916/sodv001.jpg




Here is how I hold it :

http://img18.imageshack.us/img18/7672/sodv002.jpg

Is my technique incorrect?
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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no its what ever is most comfortable to you both are right
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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I used to hold the neck like you showed when I stared up. Eventually I switch to the "normal" way. Just found it to be more relaxed and natural.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:53 PM   #4
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yours is fine if its comfortable for you, it will be tough for you to play really complex folk and whatnot without using your thumb though.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:54 PM   #5
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I sometimes switch between the two!
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:55 PM   #6
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If I play mostly rock/metal, it should be fine right?
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:55 PM   #7
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the way you're holding it, that's what I would call classical style.
The 'right' way you're referring to is rock style.
Classical style is when you want to use your pinky alot, like for shredding and playing like waaaaaay fast.
Rock style is more suited to playing pentatonic scales. And bends go much easier too if you have your thumb over the neck.
Hope that helps.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:55 PM   #8
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I put my thumb over the neck when doing chords like Em C and all that, at the top of the neck. if i'm moving up and down the neck I keep my thumb basically the same way you do and so do some people I know. So, i'm assuming you're good.
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Old 05-03-2009, 06:55 PM   #9
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it's personal choice although some teachers say one way is correct whilst the other is wrong
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:48 PM   #10
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depends. If i'm playing a scale, my thumb's over the top. if i'm playing chord progressions (power chords), it's behind the neck.
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Old 05-03-2009, 07:48 PM   #11
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I play with both of them. Depends on where my hand is on the neck. As long as you start using the other way SOMETIMES, you should be fine methinks.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:58 PM   #12
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Wow your hands look exactly like mine, no joke.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:00 PM   #13
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Your position should have the thumb bent the other way so the pad is flat against the neck (occasionally will not be flat but that's ok). It allows for a lot less tension and more flexibility.
You should only use the first position if you need to bend/vibrato or mute the thick strings in chords like D Major.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:10 PM   #14
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The second image is the "classical" way (at least that's what I've heard it called).
The first image is kind of like holding a baseball bat.

The classical hold is the best all-around. You will have more comfort, reach, and speed with this kind of holding. However, the baseball hold is much more useful for whole step or even 1-1/2 and 2-step bends as well as vibrato. However, holding it like that for entire songs (unless it is called for that often and can be done comfortably) is unsafe and can lead to wrist issues.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:45 PM   #15
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mine is same as yours, except my thumb is straight and not bent in. i use that other way to bend strings tho

oh and i can relate to what geldin said.. my wrist hurt like hell when i started with improper technique
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:53 AM   #16
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I switch between the two. When I play power/barre chords, the thumb jumps back to the way you do it. All other times, I hold it "baseball bat style". Feels natural to me. That being said, I'm also a baseball player that is on JV rather than C team purely because I'm a good batter
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Old 05-04-2009, 01:41 AM   #17
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I actually asked about this a couple weeks ago. I've even got the picture still.

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/...doinitrite1.jpg

I hold it the same way you do.
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Old 05-04-2009, 02:29 AM   #18
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I actually asked about this a couple weeks ago. I've even got the picture still.

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/...doinitrite1.jpg

I hold it the same way you do.



dude I think we have the same size of hands... my hands is kinda small so I was having a problem like g chord....
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Old 05-04-2009, 03:54 AM   #19
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dude I think we have the same size of hands... my hands is kinda small so I was having a problem like g chord....

Well, that was a bass in case you didn't know (I don't if the neck is bigger than a guitar neck..), but yeah, small hands suck.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:25 AM   #20
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Well, that was a bass in case you didn't know (I don't if the neck is bigger than a guitar neck..), but yeah, small hands suck.

oops sorry didnt know that...
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