#1
hey guys, I've been playing guitar for a few years now but something has always been bothering me. I had a guitar teacher for awhile but due to working part time and going to school I don't have the time to see him. Anyway, I was told by my old guitar teacher that it is very important to anchor my hand down by the bridge. I'm playing an Sg and I don't find it very comfortable at all, it seems like when I anchor my right hand my left hand has a harder time up on the first few frets on the neck.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
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I`ve never had anybody tell me I need to anchor, it`s usually the opposite.
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hey guys, I've been playing guitar for a few years now but something has always been bothering me. I had a guitar teacher for awhile but due to working part time and going to school I don't have the time to see him. Anyway, I was told by my old guitar teacher that it is very important to anchor my hand down by the bridge. I'm playing an Sg and I don't find it very comfortable at all, it seems like when I anchor my right hand my left hand has a harder time up on the first few frets on the neck.

Any thoughts, ideas, suggestions?


It isn't. You'll be better off in general if you don't anchor. Watch this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXKxYwBU2f8
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yeah, usually people tell you not to anchor, but to be honest, people often make much more of a deal out of it than it actually is. just do what feels right for you


I agree, in the past had my pinky lightly touching the guitar body then I changed to absolutely no contact and I thought it was better.

After a few months I just went back to the way it was before because the reality was it made almost no difference to my playing and I liked it better. Besides your picking had will need to touch the guitar when PMing.
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I agree, in the past had my pinky lightly touching the guitar body then I changed to absolutely no contact and I thought it was better.

After a few months I just went back to the way it was before because the reality was it made almost no difference to my playing and I liked it better. Besides your picking had will need to touch the guitar when PMing.


Touching isn't the same thing as anchoring, this has been discussed at massive length on these forums over the years. Anchoring is when you have part of your hand fixed to the guitar in such a way that it reduces movement or causes tension in your hand/arm.
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Just don't worry about it, and it won't be a problem. Don't do anything with your hands that feels unnatural. If floating your hand above the guitar feels unnatural, don't do it. If holding your hand against the guitar feels unnatural, don't do it. I rest my hand against the guitar, but in some runs I float it. The important thing is to not press your hand really hard into the guitar, that will just tense up your arm.
#8
When I pick I have the tip of my pinky resting on the body of my guitar because I can control my picking more and I also tend to use my wrist more when my pinky is touching. When I strum I don't touch the body at all.
#9
No floating, no anchoring here. I'm more of a blues man really so my runs aren't mega fast but when playing Slash stuff I generally rest on the bridge to mute what I don't use.

I'm lucky in the sense that I didn't pick up loads of bad habits, although my pinky could be a bit more controlled
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I would just like to say that if everyone in the world just stuck with what they were comfortable with, very little improvement would ever occur. (AKA Reality)

Going from anchored to un-anchored was very odd for me at first, but using Pebber Brown's daily practice routine cleared this up for me very quickly and I can now clearly feel just how helpful it was for me to move away from an anchored picking hand.


Pebber Brown daily practice routine:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdoz16LRz9Q
#11
My guess is that the TS needed to improve his palm muting technique, and his teacher called it anchoring instead of palm muting.

TS, PALM MUTING is very important in some situations. Anchoring, however, is generally considered to be a bad habit.
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#12
I used to anchor but changed and can say that for me it's MUCH better not to.
#13
yep me too always anchored and pinky on scratchplate
I too thought it did'nt matter
but since changing to floating have doubled my picking speed..
give it a try both ways see which is right for you
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I only do it when I am tremolo picking. Is that still a bad thing?
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I only do it when I am tremolo picking. Is that still a bad thing?


Tremolo picking is just fast alternate picking, it should be the same technique. If you're doing anything different when you're "tremolo picking" you're doing something wrong.
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I'm in the "do whatever works for you" boat. Just take a look at Marty Friedman's right hand, talk about unorthodox technique. Personally I tend to anchor when speed picking on the bottom 3 strings only.
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I'm in the "do whatever works for you" boat. Just take a look at Marty Friedman's right hand, talk about unorthodox technique. Personally I tend to anchor when speed picking on the bottom 3 strings only.


Yeah and have you ever seen him play rhythm or do any really taxing alternate picking? He has to completely change up his technique to play rhythm and never does really quick alternate picking.

Doing whatever you like and ending up with technique like that ends in limitations.
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I'd be pretty stocked if playing with limitations meant playing like that guy. My point is if it ain't broke, don't fix it. When it comes to anchoring, I just see it as preferrence rather than bad habit. I've tried both, a lot, Ive gone back and forth between the two and I always seem to be more accurate when my pinky is touching the body for fast licks. Works for me.......and John Petrucci.
OP, if anchoring doesn't work for you, don't do it, simple.
#19
Think the point he's trying to make is there's more to music than playing like Marty Friedman or John Petrucci. But your own interests are your own interests, so yeah. All good. I'd say anchoring "works" for the good majority of people who do it, including my self before I stopped. Doesn't stop it from being an unnecessary source of tension. It's all about creating possibilities.
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of course anchoring is necessary.

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of course anchoring is necessary.

how else are you going to prevent your seaworthy vessels from crashing into icebergs?


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Think the point he's trying to make is there's more to music than playing like Marty Friedman or John Petrucci. But your own interests are your own interests, so yeah. All good. I'd say anchoring "works" for the good majority of people who do it, including my self before I stopped. Doesn't stop it from being an unnecessary source of tension. It's all about creating possibilities.


I just think its one of those things that gets over scrutinized. I don't feel I'm any more capable when I let my hand float, if the lick feels better anchored, than that's what ill do. I'm not sure what you mean by tention, I know when I do it my pinky just kinda sits there and moves slightly with my hand if I'm moving up or down the strings, I hope were talking about the same thing haha. I'd be more worried if OP was trying to play argeggios with his ass.

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I just think its one of those things that gets over scrutinized. I don't feel I'm any more capable when I let my hand float, if the lick feels better anchored, than that's what ill do. I'm not sure what you mean by tention, I know when I do it my pinky just kinda sits there and moves slightly with my hand if I'm moving up or down the strings, I hope were talking about the same thing haha. I'd be more worried if OP was trying to play argeggios with his ass.


While I do agree that anchoring can be way over-examined, I would also say that telling people just to do what they like can lead to technique that is very definitely bad. Like Marty Friedman for example; I love the man's playing, he's a complete genius... but his picking hand is an abomination, there's no doubt about that at all.

It all comes down to what can and cannot be done: I have heard and seen people play Marty's solos all over the place but I have never, never seen Marty go crazy with alternate picking. Marty is limited where his imitators, even if they aren't as creative, are not.

FYI: Tension is exactly what it says: tense muscles. You shouldn't be feeling any more tension than you need to simply move your hand/fingers when playing guitar, anything more than the basic level needed for those actions is too much and a waste of energy. Also in bad cases you get tension in two competing sets of muscles so they're pulling against each other, this leads to a complete lack of control and in particularly bad cases can potentially lead to injury, although it's not actually very common from what I know.
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