#1
Well I have used the search button and nothing has helped me.

Over the course of my guitar playing i have always rested my hand on the bridge for stability. I found out this was anchoring and could handicap me, so I want to figure out how to "unanchor"

Do I rest my forarm on the guitar and have my entire hand floating above the bridge?
Can I put my palm on the face of the guitar or just my forarm?

idk can I just have some pointers? I think this could really help me.


I had a thread in the other section but that one was mainly about a problem with my thumb hitting the strings, i think i figured it out now and im starting a new one for the new subject, just in case anyone was gonna jump on me for making two threads XD
#2
I am also curious about this. I anchor my pinky finger on the bottom of my bridge pickup for stability. But I read somewhere that resting the hand on the bridge reduces string noise, especially during sweeps?
#3
My understanding is that you can rest it there for muting unwanted strings and it's not considered "anchoring". Tbh I don't see what the big deal is if you anchor or not. If it feels right, do it. It's not like you're being judged on form.
#4
Yar, this isn't Olympic diving. Form counts for nothing. If you can play what you want and make it sound good then it doesn't really matter how you're doing it. Anyways, if your technique starts to hinder you then you'll most likely change without even thinking about it.
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#5
Anchoring can lead to carpal tunnel if your applying some force, t is quite an easy problem to fix you only have to raise you hand a few mm's it doesn't matter if you are just touching as long as you are not depended upon your hand resting on the bridge.
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Read the stickes in the technique forum and if you still don't have the answers you want try posting in there.
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You can put your hand on the bridge for stability, especially if you're using a Les Paul. Every Les Paul user I've seen does it. (Ok maybe not everyone but still). As long as you can play with or without your hand on the bridge, it's ok.
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#8
i anchor pretty much all the time. fixed bridges or floating trems, i have to. it's a habit i know i should try to kick, but if it feels right and it doesn't hurt your playing then i say try not to worry. if it does hurt your playing then just practice practice.

but my thoughts on it are when i try NOT to anchor my playing sounds sloppy and pretty crappy. so i usually just let my hand rest there.
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#9
I keep mine on the bridge unless I'm playing chords. I don't really care if its proper or any of that, I can play as fast as I need to. I'm not trying to be Rusty Cooley or anything, I just like playing music. Unless you have to play like him, I think you'll be fine.
#10
There've been some huge fights about that on UG in the past... surmise to say the overall consensus is "ANCHORING BAD!"

While I don't necissarily condone it either, my belief is that you'll know when you're hindering yourself. If your wrist starts hurting or your range of motion is worse, etc.

Besides, JOHN PETRUCCI DOES IT! LOLOOLOLOLOL.


I just rest my arm on the top of the body, and usually have the right side of my palm on the strings, because I often palm mute even with clean stuff. But if I have to take my palm off as with chords and what not, it's nice having your arm there.

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#11
i dont play standing up very often, but when i do, i dont anchor with my hand, just my forearm unless im playing chords. when sitting down, i always anchor my forearm and my hand sits right behind the saddles just enough to where im not muting the strings. when playing chords my hand def comes off of the bridge



on edit: for the little bit of two handed tapping i do (nevermoer-"final product") i usually dont anchor my right hand (my picking hand). on the two really good youtube vids ive seen of guys doing that solo, they sort of grip the sides of the fretboard and tap with their middle finger. my hand free floats and i tap with my index but i can do it better that way.


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i dont play standing up very often, but when i do, i dont anchor with my hand, just my forearm unless im playing chords. when sitting down, i always anchor my forearm and my hand sits right behind the saddles just enough to where im not muting the strings. when playing chords my hand def comes off of the bridge



on edit: for the little bit of two handed tapping i do (nevermoer-"final product") i usually dont anchor my right hand (my picking hand). on the two really good youtube vids ive seen of guys doing that solo, they sort of grip the sides of the fretboard and tap with their middle finger. my hand free floats and i tap with my index but i can do it better that way.


Here's Jeff doing that part: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjdv54-GdLQ
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#13
So from videos I've watched on muting unwanted strings, your picking hand is further forward than a palm mute, correct?
#14
talk to freepower on the techniques forum. he'll set you all strait
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