#1
I've been hearing "don't anchor" from every corner of the internet, and yet when I look at all the fast guitarists, they all ****ing do. I have yet to see one who doesn't anchor and is fast as hell...

Please, enlighten me.
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#4
resting your right hand on part of your guitar, usually for stability.
#6
Shawn Lane - fastest ever

And anchoring is when any part of your hand(mostly the pinky or palm)touches any part of the guitar near the bridge to provide a guide sort of.
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#7
Rusty Cooley & Shawn Lane. Both easily the fastest, most consistent and relaxed players ever.

^Also, MAB anchors like a bitch.
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#8
Batio definitely anchors. I went to a clinic late last year and he said he rests his pinky and ring fingertips against the body of the guitar for stability. Heard it straight from the guy's mouth.
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#10
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How is it even possible to play amazingly fast without anchoring? There's no stability otherwise!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XDhg9zKqnzk

and

http://youtube.com/watch?v=57q5zdvMw58
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#11
*Facepalms self over this bloody topic*

This is a source of massive arguments between achor-ers and non-anchor-ers and to be honest, this argument about "My hero and other people anchor thus it must be a freaking waste of time" is rather tiresome, and there's probably no less than 12 of these in the MT sections first 5 pages

Do whatever you like and try it out; the simple fact is that it DOES relieve muscle tension and so can make you alot more free to move and speed up; BUT many players haven't developed this and so have adapted, hence types like John Petrucci and how many people have

Shawn Lane is a grea example of not anchoring, he makes my eyes bleed with fluidity

I don't anchor, and i'm converted to it, but give it a try regardless of whether or not your heros do it
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#12
Both work, just one may work better than the other, depending upon the person. I don't anchor at all and I can still play pretty quickly. Its all in how comfortable you feel doing it or not doing it.
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#13
I always anchor, no one ever told me or showed me about doing it but thats what I naturally did when i started playing guitar.
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#14
^Absolutely, I started exactly the same way and anchored as that's just how I thought you played the guitar and it served me fine for a couple of years and without the internet I wouldn't have discovered that it's possible to play with more ease through not anchoring, so I tried it out and I liked it and it's stuck for me personally

But it was purely down to the internet alone that I found it, and most of these guitar gods relied on their ears and themselves to learn, they didn't have the wealth of resources we have now
#17
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Shawn Lanes legato doesnt count. I dont anchor when I play legato either but I think were mainly talking about anchoring while alternate picking...

At 2:40, he picks the whole thing.
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they are both using their forearm as an anchor; still anchoring.

Shawn Lane indeed lightly anchors his forearm, but that's still a lot less anchoring than planting your fingers on the guitar. As for Rusty, see 1:20, or most of that video and look at his elbow area. You'll see his arm is completely free from the guitar.
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