#1
So, Ive been playing for I think 3 years now, and I have started to come to a few issues. One in particular is when I am trying to play the song My Lovely Man by RHCP. The solo has a lick like this.

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-------------------15------------------12----|
--14r-12-14-12-14b----14r-12-14-12-14b----14b|
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(particularly the first part)

Typically I would have my hand in a position with my thumb over the top of the guitar, its just what I typically do with these kinds of solos. Is this wrong? When I reach for that 15 with my pinky, its a painful stretch and it just hurts my finger. Is this more suitable for playing with my thumb behind the neck? It seems like I would have to go through a bit of work to relearn licks like that with my thumb behind the neck.

Also, one thing that is kind of related is that I seem to put my pinky back pretty far when I have my thumb over the neck. I put it out of the way, its not behind the neck, and its not particularly detrimental (so far) to my playing, but it looks somewhat strange when playing, but should I relearn to not do this? I tried to keep my pinky together, and its nearly impossible, it goes right back. Any tips?
#2
I pretty much keep my thumb behind unless i'm bending. Lots of guitarists keep it over except bar chords. It is easier to stretch with it behind for sure.
#3
If its painful, you probably shouldnt keep doing it. I know my wrist starts to hurt if I put my thumb behind the neck while standing, unless the guitar is WAY high.
#4
Yeah you should really be playing with the thumb on the back of the neck parallel to it, unless doing vibrato, or of you really have to for muting the E string. It will make playing this a lot easier, though it might take some getting used to if youve been playing thumb over for 3 years.
#5
Ok thanks. I usually do thumb over for simpler things, and for some reason this lol, I think its because of the sharp bends at the start of the solo, and I just cant get my thumb back behind it easily. I can play with my thumb behind the neck, but some things like this (especially bends) Im not used to like that. Thank you though, Ill start to practice things a bit more both ways.
#6
Quote by littlephil
If its painful, you probably shouldnt keep doing it. I know my wrist starts to hurt if I put my thumb behind the neck while standing, unless the guitar is WAY high.

Agreed, it just feels, and looks awkward when I do it. There are some circumstances where im able to do it, like legato or something, but other than that, I feel im straining to do it.