#1
ok so i've been playing guitar for around 6 years now, have been using this site for most of those 6 years, and only decided today to create an account. took me awhile i know.

anyway, after browing through a few threads ive noticed much talk about "Anchoring" whilst picking, and how it carries an ill omen. By the sounds of it i have been anchoring whilst picking but im still ensure exactly what it is..could someone give me a detailed explanation or link me to a video/pictures, and tell me how to fix a problem like this? after 6 years of playing it seems like it will be a hard habbit to break ...


#2
If there were pictures there would be tonnes because anchoring comes in a great many forms.

Basically it's this: touching the guitar in such a was that you create extra tension in your hand/arm or reduce the mobility of your hand over the strings. Especially to the extent where you cannot play without it.

A common mistake people make is thinking that just touching the guitar at all with your picking hand is anchoring when it really isn't.
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#3
anchoring is touching the guitar in a way that limits mobility. some people(such as myself) will put their pinky in between E and B strings, or they will mash their thumb into the corner of the pickup and hold it there so their fingers dont get lost.

imo, its not that big of a deal as people here pretend it is.
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A common mistake people make is thinking that just touching the guitar at all with your picking hand is anchoring when it really isn't.


ah thanks for clearing this up. I was under this exact impression. after concentrating on my playing style today, i think i lost the anchoring habbit a couple of years back thankfully


#5
My pinky usually tends to wrap under the high E and b strings, and when I catch myself, it fixes immediately.

It's a really annoying habit to break, but it'll save you from hand damage in the long run. (notice i said long run, it's not gonna happen in a month.)


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imo, its not that big of a deal as people here pretend it is.

For most people it probably isn't. The extra tension can become a problem over time for shredders though.
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For most people it probably isn't. The extra tension can become a problem over time for shredders though.

so true.


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It's a really annoying habit to break, but it'll save you from hand damage in the long run. (notice i said long run, it's not gonna happen in a month.)



how long have you been playing for? :O

and i cant help but agree Nightfyre


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I anchor sometimes with my pinky, but that's usually only when i'm shredding. I'm not sure if just the pinky is a problem. I've been anchoring with my pinky for about a year now, and playing guitar for 2years. I have no sort of joint / muscle problems or anything.
I don't know if problems arise from anchoring more than a year, or whether in a lot of cases it can be genetic, but i for one am fine with anchoring just my pinky.
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I anchor sometimes with my pinky, but that's usually only when i'm shredding. I'm not sure if just the pinky is a problem. I've been anchoring with my pinky for about a year now, and playing guitar for 2years. I have no sort of joint / muscle problems or anything.
I don't know if problems arise from anchoring more than a year, or whether in a lot of cases it can be genetic, but i for one am fine with anchoring just my pinky.

that's the worse time to do it.

Like people have said, if you're playing fairly moderate stuff it'snot really likely to cause an issue, but when you start to hit "shred" speeds then the effects of that unwanted tension are magnified.

Anchoring is using a part of your hand as a fixed reference point on the guitar body - just touching the guitar as your hand moves around is fine but if that finger is planted and doesn't move then you're anchoring and should really look to stop ASAP if you have any aspirations to be a shredder.
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I anchor sometimes with my pinky, but that's usually only when i'm shredding. I'm not sure if just the pinky is a problem. I've been anchoring with my pinky for about a year now, and playing guitar for 2years. I have no sort of joint / muscle problems or anything.
I don't know if problems arise from anchoring more than a year, or whether in a lot of cases it can be genetic, but i for one am fine with anchoring just my pinky.

yeah it totally can do damage overtime, especially while shredding. once you anchor your pinky down and start going fast you run the risk of tiwsting your pinky the wrong way, which can do damage to muscles, joints, and tendons. all of these can be pretty major problems
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my pinky and ring finger tend to curl under the e and b strings when I start ascending to the higher strings, but they don't get tense, or latch on to anything...this probably isn't anchoring, but if anyone knows different...input appreciated
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how long have you been playing for? :O

and i cant help but agree Nightfyre




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I wouldn't know whether the wrapping the pinky under the high E and b is anchoring though..


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I wouldn't know whether the wrapping the pinky under the high E and b is anchoring though..


In my opinion, yes it is.
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bahaha nice one