#1
I read online that resting your pinky of your picking hand on the pickguard will anchor your hand and give you better speed and accuracy. I tried it and I immediately noticed a speed increase just picking an open string. When I try to actually play this way however I find it is harder to move from string to string and it is also hard to play on the low e string because I am making such a stretch. Do you anchor your pinky or do you let your hand float?
#2
I put my hand against the bridge. Easy access to palm mute and I can still get good picking speed.

I tried anchoring my pinky a while back, but I just didn't like the feel of it. It made my hand feel too restricted in movement. So, I just went back to my regular playing style.
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i think it depends on the player...
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#5
My hand floats about a millimeter away from the strings. I never liked anchoring because it makes my hand feel too restricted. Occaisionally I'll rest my hand on the bridge, but I tend to do that a lot more when I play standing.
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#7
I used to let it float, but then started anchoring and i can not tell you how much improvement that gave me
#9
i think doing the pinky thing helps me play better than resting on the bridge, I used only play resting on the bridge then my hand slowly drifted to the only pinky position , it make it easier to switch to my fingers when playing
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#10
i rest my hands on the bridge and sometimes my pinky but not often it feels weird to me
#11
It's really going to depend on the player. Everyone will have their own style of playing.
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#12
Depends what I'm playing, for most Strat work I tend to anchor my pinky around the middle P'up and strum just over the neck. Works nice with just the neck or neck/mid combo.

Playing a LP or something with buckers I ride my palm off of the bridge.
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#13
It's personal preference, really. I myself tend to change it up depending on what I'm doing. For power chord work, my hand floats freely; for inividual picking, I anchor my hand on the bridge; if i'm using the top strings for something like a clean intro to a song I'll anchor my pinky. Very rarely do I use the pinky for an anchor though, mostly resting on the bridge.

But like I said, it's really about what is most comfortable and effective for the individual. You shouldn't let what others say compromise comfort and efficiency.
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I just rest my hand on my bridge.

same here
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#15
AHHH!!!!!


ANCHORING IS BAD BAD BAD!!!!!!!!!

Resting your hand on the bridge is better, if you anchor, the problems caused to your arm can be pretty daunting, trust me, I have seen enough.
#16
Shawn Lane and Paul Gilbert DON'T anchor,

Malmsteen, MAB, and Marty Friedman DO...

They are all great guitarists...

Who do you wannabe? It's your style m8, don't listen to all this anal "anchoring is bad" crap. Nothing that can make you feel you play better be bad for you. Just look at how Marty Friedman holds the pick (haha like me), it looks weird but hes still amazing. Do what you want.
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#17
^ Pettrucci anchors as well, as well as a lot of other shredders...


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#18
Most of you are a bunch of misinformed clowns. That's okay, just don't spread your ignorance.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=339913

Read.
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#20
I play metal, so I do a lot of palm-muting on the lower 2 or 3 strings. I just rest my entire hand against the bridge for that. But higher strings, I do tend to anchor my pinky down. Unless I'm soloing, in which case I generally float...
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#21
I think it depends on what guitar your playing. If your playing a strat you should anchor it.
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#22
Most of you are a bunch of misinformed clowns. That's okay, just don't spread your ignorance.


Tru dat neegro!

Shawn Lane and Paul Gilbert DON'T anchor,

Malmsteen, MAB, and Marty Friedman DO...

They are all great guitarists...

Who do you wannabe? It's your style m8, don't listen to all this anal "anchoring is bad" crap. Nothing that can make you feel you play better be bad for you. Just look at how Marty Friedman holds the pick (haha like me), it looks weird but hes still amazing. Do what you want.


Both MAB and Friedman hands and arms would fall off trying to play a lane lick at lane's speed and accuracy.

Seriously, read the anchor or no anchor thread, there is a lot of good valid information in there on why anchoring is a hampering habit and un-anchoring will only improve your playing. (proved by facts, science and physics, none of the "if its comfortable for you, then do it!" ****, there is the way to do things, and then the way to do things better.)
#23
Anchoring is only bad if it creates extra tension ( because this can lead to injury ). If you can play and feel comfortable when anchoring then go for it - the other thread basically asked people to try to play unanchored and then pick which style they prefer - in this case you say you prefer the speed of anchoring but feel slightly restricted in movement.

Your call.
#24
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Anchoring is only bad if it creates extra tension ( because this can lead to injury ). If you can play and feel comfortable when anchoring then go for it - the other thread basically asked people to try to play unanchored and then pick which style they prefer - in this case you say you prefer the speed of anchoring but feel slightly restricted in movement.

Your call.


Two points:

Anchoring ALWAYS leads to extra tension.

And secondly: not mainly because it leads to injury, although it is true, it's mainly just a lot easier and you can do a lot more (and do what you can already do, only better) unanchored.
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#25
I've never made a conscious effort to do either. it just depends on where I'm working and what I'm playing.
#26
Don't anchor, read the threads Erc and Resi posted.
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#27
I pulled this out of the "Anchor vs No Anchor" thread as I think it's worth
the extra notice for reading. This is advice from an EXPERT. A real one. Not
self proclaimed "UG Experts"....


I went over to the Guitar Priciples forums and copied some quotes from
Ney Mello WRT anchoring. Ney is a world class guitarist and teacher who
studied under Al Dimeola and is coming out with his own 2 DVD set just
on picking technique.

If you've been following this thread and are confused about who is "right",
when in doubt I ALWAYS consider the source of the advice. You can
choose the advice of the "experts" here (who's main qualification seems to
be they have a keyboard, computer and can type), or someone with proven
experience and a track record.


>Among those things you must do is to keep your hand free to
>move without any anchoring. You need to MUTE with your wrist
>area when playing overdriven guitar..or when using the mutola
>technique ,,,,but that is not anchoring for stability.
>
> The stability comes from your entirer forearm control...which
>is demanding and which most players bypass by using the pinkie
>or the fingers on the pickguard,,,,,,,,I understand why....I
>did it too as a beginner but I realised after a month of it
>what the ramifications woiuld be and I stopped doing that.
>
>To give you an idea...I have started to develop my fingerstyle
> classical tremolo but this time with a pick only......so I
>have to pick 3notes on the high E string and one on the low E,
>low A, low D, G...B.......just like flamenco and classical.
>Now thay sort of thing cant be done with immobilizing methods
>.....you have to be free.
>
>You can play lots of great music with a partially
>immobilised hand and be very happy. But since I have
>boundless right hand technique ..my duty is to show others how
>to have it as well.... not limiting ways...why?....because I
>dont know how far anyione wants to go 5 years from
>now.....they may want to play jazz or be able to play at
>Yngwie's level....and they mustt be free to do so if they
>chose to and not have to start all over again.
>
>

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>When I started I did rest my pinky.
>
>I soon realized that it was going to limit me and I stopped that
>bad habit.
>
>You can do anything with enough work and that is what you see
>when you see MARTIN TAYLOR OR PETRUCCI at work,,,, but they
>had to practice much more and much longer to make that work
>for them....do you want to have to work so much more or spend
>the time playing music instead???
>
>These players play inspite that handicap.
>
>MARTIN TAYLOR AND GEORGE BENSON are two players who have
>stated in print that they would not rest the pinky and hold
>the pick Benson style if they couid star over. They wouild be
>playng even more complex than now.
>
>The absolute grand masters like JOHN MC LAUGHLIN AL DI MEOLA,
>SHAWN LANE,JIMMY BRUNO etc..dont rest anything for a
>reason..total freedom.and they play acoustic as well.You cant
>play acoustic with right hand crutches and play at the world
>class level.
>

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>Your right arm should float. No right hand anchoring.
>
>Anchoring is tension inducing and good enough for you to play
>backing basic simple lead guitar for SHANIA TWAIN or THE
>PUSYICAT DOLLS or AVRIL LAVIGNE in the studio or on the road.
>Most rock bands with 2,5 years off career life also have very
>simple physical demands before they fade away due to a variety
>of factors having nothing to do with how fast and furious they
>play or dont play.
>
>That type of playing is quite tolerant of all sorts of poor
>habits and bad technique overall because the music is not very
>fast and the dynamics are moderate.
>
>Now if you want to play styles that are physically demanding
>like bluegrass, some rock, jazz, classical , you will be left
>in the dust or get injured, or plateau forever (unless you
>retrain yourself) if you use the form and technique of those
>players whose style is not very demanding.
>
>
>
>Therefore I prepare all my students to be absolute virtuosos
>in case they care to become one in the future or even right
>right now.If they stay with slow and simple music they will
>still be able to play much better and more musically (due to
>not having to fight with bad form and tension) than their
>counterparts with bad habits.
>
>
>
>Now off course, most of you are not my students and I could
>just say go ahead do whatever "feels good" in the beginning
>but
> what "feells good "to the inexperienced player will prove
>to be a nightmare riddled with physical pain and injury when
>you face demanding music.
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#28
Personal pref as most have mentioned. When I'm sitting, I rest it on the bride I guess. Where the strings go... I've only been playing for 1.5weeks, lol. However when standing, my hand floats, unles I'm playing slow
#29
Do whatever feels comfortable to you, that's all that matters when playing, that and playing it right.
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#30
he states not anchoring due to finger picking. Hardly conclusive. I wouldnt say thats more credible than petrucci by any stretch.


personal preference for the win
#31
Slash puts his pinky on the pickgaurd, i noticed it while watching the knocking on heavens door video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_B1synkRfE&search=knocking%20on%20heavens%20door
He puts his pinky and his ring finger together on the side
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