#1
hello,
I have a question regarding the left hand position. I started playing a few months ago and I really love it! I hold my guitar on my left leg (Alexi Laiho kind of) and I noticed watching videos that many people have their thumb on top of the neck and the curve of the neck is between their thumb and first finger. Right now i use it like this (http://www.classicalguitarvideo.com/immagini/teach/phalanxbarre.jpg)
I noticed that Eric Calderone has his hand in a different shape (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eNnmIam0uM) and many others have it as well in the same position (Kirk Hammett, Joe Satriani, ...)
Can someone explain this to me? Thanks!
#3
what is actually better for playing metal? Or is it just personal preference?
#4
If you want access to the full potential of the instrument you need them both. If you are just starting use the classical position.
Just keep in mind that neither one is "the right one" both have their purpose. If you watch rock/metal professionals they almost all switch between the two positions.
Last edited by Facecut at Sep 1, 2013,
#6
I've always played in the classical position with my thumb on the back of the neck. Everything else is just too limiting.
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#7
Quote by Dayn
I've always played in the classical position with my thumb on the back of the neck. Everything else is just too limiting.



I use both positions. Everything els is just too limiting.
#8
I use both, if I'm playing some pentatonic stuff or blues I put my thumb on top of the neck, I even use it for playing the bass notes like Hendrix sometimes. But if I'm doing some legato stuff or arpeggios I use the classical position.
#9
Facecut's right, for fast runs, legato and things using all 4 fingers, you'll want classical position, but for bends, vibrato and bluesy stuff, baseball bat position lets you dig in MUCH better. Idk why anyone would ever force themselves into one or the other when it takes NO effort to switch between, they are both very useful for very different reasons.

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#11
Quote by Jayerrr
hello,
I have a question regarding the left hand position. I started playing a few months ago and I really love it! I hold my guitar on my left leg (Alexi Laiho kind of) and I noticed watching videos that many people have their thumb on top of the neck and the curve of the neck is between their thumb and first finger. Right now i use it like this (http://www.classicalguitarvideo.com/immagini/teach/phalanxbarre.jpg)
I noticed that Eric Calderone has his hand in a different shape (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eNnmIam0uM) and many others have it as well in the same position (Kirk Hammett, Joe Satriani, ...)
Can someone explain this to me? Thanks!



Hi there,

There are 2 main positions:

1) With the thumb over the neck: this is particularly useful for string bending were your thumb can be used to support your hand in place (in order to make less effort to bend). This position is also useful for blues players who use their thumb to fret notes.

2) With the thumb behind the neck: Use this position when you need a good stretch to play picking, legato etc. and when you need to glide across the neck.

there are many videos online too

/Dave