#1
I wanted to know if this is considered anchoring, or if it will hinder my playing. It makes it easier to alternate pick, so I was wondering if it's a bad habit?

Also, what's the best way to practice alt strumming chords that only require some strings to be hit, like the D chord?
#2
You mean palm muting? Or just resting your hand on the bridge?
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#3
I like resting on the strings slightly to give octaves and power chords a percussive edge, you can definitely hear the difference on a good recording. To strum 3 or 4 string chords I guess the best way to describe the technique is to strum diagonally towards the strings as opposed to vertically.
#4
I mean resting it on the bridge....

And I already do that (strum diagonally), but I find it hard to play this like this. Watch this guy play the first riff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKvWxpE6_lY

How does he alt strum chords like that?
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#5
There are two questions you should be asking yourself:

1 - Is it causing me any extra tension?
2 - Is it hindering my range of motion?

If the answer to either of these is yes then it's a bad thing and you need to make a change. If not then there's almost certainly more important things to be working on.

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And I already do that (strum diagonally), but I find it hard to play this like this. Watch this guy play the first riff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKvWxpE6_lY

How does he alt strum chords like that?


Watch his picking, it moves in an arc so it only hits the strings he wants to sound. It's easier than it sounds, just takes practice.
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