#1
Okay... I recently stopped using my pinky to anchor but now... my hand seems to be resting on the strings, on the bridge or on the guitar a bit above the strings is that anchoring?
#2
If you can't play accurately without your hand there, then it's anchoring.
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#3
If any part of your hand is resting on the guitar, you are anchoring, unless the "anchored" part moves around freely on the face of the guitar as you play.
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#4
no, resting your hand on the strings isn't anchoring.

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#5
It's only anchoring if your hand doesn't move. Anchoring is putting part of your hand in a single point and fixing it there. This seems like a good idea (insert "it's to have a relative point" argument here), but it creates a lot of unnecessary tension. Resting the side of your picking hand on the strings is not considered anchoring - it helps to mute the strings and as long as your hand can move as you change strings, it's safe to do. In fact, Freepower recommended doing so in one of his videos (it's on Youtube).
#7
Interesting...

So, say I'm doing appregios...take the opening rhythm to GnR's "Civil War" for example...I usually place my pinky against the E string while I do this. Not because I get better control - I can play it just as well with my fingers curled in, but out of habit. Is this anchoring?

The reason I ask is because I see a lot of players on youtube with the whole stiff wrist thing going on with their pick hand. My picking usually comes from the wrist, though when I need greater speed or finer movements I'll flex my index and thumb and move the pick as needed.

I like to think I have good overall technique, though I'm sure there are things I need to work on. Just wondering because this is the first time I've ever heard of anchoring.
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Interesting...

So, say I'm doing appregios...take the opening rhythm to GnR's "Civil War" for example...I usually place my pinky against the E string while I do this. Not because I get better control - I can play it just as well with my fingers curled in, but out of habit. Is this anchoring?

The reason I ask is because I see a lot of players on youtube with the whole stiff wrist thing going on with their pick hand. My picking usually comes from the wrist, though when I need greater speed or finer movements I'll flex my index and thumb and move the pick as needed.

I like to think I have good overall technique, though I'm sure there are things I need to work on. Just wondering because this is the first time I've ever heard of anchoring.

You've been on this site for over a year. How could you have never heard of anchoring?

And you putting your pinky on the E string is anchoring.

And picking motion should always come from the wrist.
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Besides that, he's right this time. As usual.
#9
Well, whatever you do, don't do it like Michaelangelo Batio...has anyone seen how badly he anchors? Or at least it definitely seems that way...

My point is, don't just go on youtube and say "Well, they're doing it that way, so it must be right". Just because most people play a certain way, doesn't automatically mean that the technique is best.
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Well, whatever you do, don't do it like Michaelangelo Batio...has anyone seen how badly he anchors? Or at least it definitely seems that way...



MAB picks with very minimal movement of the thumb and index finger and not from the wrist, so anchoring or not make no difference in that case.
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#11
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You've been on this site for over a year. How could you have never heard of anchoring?

And you putting your pinky on the E string is anchoring.

And picking motion should always come from the wrist.


I've not been on this site as often as some would think. And it was only recently that I really got into the forums.

And thank you for your answer.
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