When I'm picking, I hold the high E string with my little finger while picking the lower strings. (Usually the wound ones, D-lowE) Could this cripple my playing later on?
If you find it comfortable, no.
I would try to avoid it if I were you but if it's not adding any extra tension to your playing and isn't restricting your movement then you can do that, yes.
To answer the threadstarter -
Hm, I sort of used to do that as well, but with my ring finger. I honestly didn't think I was pressing hard enough to make a difference, but then I tried lifting it off and I couldn't play nearly as well. I'd say it's most likely creating an unnecessary pivot point that you'd be better off without in the end. Try playing without holding onto it.
I actually did the same thing for a while and I found it much more comfortable than playing with a "floating" hand with no anchor. I tried switching a couple months ago to a anchorless style, and though I can't say it has helped a HUGE amount, it has helped enough for me to find it worthwhile. If you're willing, I would try to switch so you don't become dependent on having to have your pinky gripping the high E string.
Ok, I think I'll listen to Freepower and quit it then. Hopefully, it won't take as long as quitting anchoring my wrist.
Ok, I think I'll listen to Freepower....
Generally a good idea
...at least when it comes to guitar. I dunno how well we can trust his normal everyday thought-processing though
Last edited by fixationdarknes at Aug 6, 2008,
^ I'd worry. If you listen to my music I probably project the kind of sanity that only a death metal techno jazzer can have.