#1
Ok, I know that the correct way to hold the guitar neck would be with your thumb not parralel to the skunk stripe area or with it over the side. But when my play, my thumb jus slides to going parallel with the neck because thats what i though was correct before i started lessons. How can I train my self to play with my thumb "perpindicular" to the neck. Please help. Thanks in advance
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#2
TAPE IT TO THE NECK. Keep that sucker locked.
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Actually when playing classical the thumb should be parallel to the neck, there is no "correct" place to have your thumb when playing, it should be comfortable. Remember, its art, not science.
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Actually when playing classical the thumb should be parallel to the neck, there is no "correct" place to have your thumb when playing, it should be comfortable. Remember, its art, not science.


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#5
learn to watch your hand. and unless its affecting how you play, i dont see a big deal in it
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#6
In my lessons my teascher prefers that i play this way though, I just wanted to know how to do it, not other options please.

Was that serious Cliff because I suppose that would work if i only had to play in one position. Just wodering if that would actually get me more used to playing this way.
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Notes are the art, technique is science. Biomechanics to be exact.

Maybe you need to grip the neck a little less tightly so your thumb can slide over the neck without dragging behind. Remember: your thumb shouldn't be doing the work when you're fretting; the power should come from your fingers themselves, not your thumb or anywhere else.
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#8
To be truthful, I hold the neck differantly depending on what it is I am playing. Sometimes I need more reach so my thumb might be lower in the back of the neck.
When I need a barre or rooted 5th, I might have my thumb over the top of the neck so I can keep the pressure on.

I can understand an instructor wanting you to do it "his/her way" but you have to be comfortible when you play so to each his/her own .

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#9
Zaph and shadow those both helped slightly so thanks but it still happens so more suggestions please...
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#10
The best I can say at this point is sometimes, with this instrument, you have to just practice until what you are trying to achieve becomes natural.

I think that is the key here Make that a goal, one of MANY you should have. You have to have a goal in mind if you want to do this learning in a systematic way. Otherwise, you will wonder mindlessly throughout your endeavor frustrated the whole time I'm afaid.

Hope this helps.

Chris