#1
so i figured out i can pick alot faster with my fingers on my picking hand stretched out strait instead of curved into a fist,
is it wrong to be doing this or is there no harm being done?
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#2
There's nothing wrong with it if it's the way you're most comfortable. But you'll probably find that you can play more accurately with your fingers in. I personally always play with my fingers out, but I am limited somewhat in what I can do. Most shredders play with their fingers in, but Yngwie Malmsteen plays with them out. It basically comes down to personal comfort.
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#3
i dont think there is any harm. its more a matter of personal preference. thats how i play, i find it easier to palm mute and keep my hand in a good position with my fingers out.
#4
i currently changing my style from having them out to making a fist because my guitar teachers have told me its a better way to do it, and you can get the pick more parallel to the string (which is better for jazz, i do jazz guitar lessons). a lot of people do it your way though, theres nothing wrong with it. i find its more accurate the other way though.
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#5
yeh, i just find that whichever you feel requires least effort will give the best results.

I mean, you don't want to be concentrating on the rhythm of your playing, your fingering, your picking itself, AND the fact that you've got to remember to contract/flex your fingers. just use what comes naturally.
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