#1
hi, i put my pinky finger on the pickguard from my picking hand to get control and know where the strings are. but then i found out some people say its a really bad habit to develop is it?? and if it is, what would be better: playing w/o touching anything or resting my hand on the bridge? and if its the bridge one.. i got another problem i find that resting on the bridge automatically kinda palm mutes some strings when i'm not suppose to
help?
#3
No, its not a bad habit.
Some people float their wrists, some pinky anchor. I personally anchored and it's never hindered my guitar playing.

As long as you're comfortable with it, and it doesnt affect your playing, it'll be fine.
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#4
its a bad habit, but i dont think it'll ever affect your playing THAT much---its really only a terrible habit when you finger pick. and resting your palm on the bridge is better, you just have to move it back a little so it wont mute, i had that same problem for a while, and one day i just didnt do it anymore.
#5
I personnaly don't think it's bad. I mean if it helps you, it helps you. Unless it's really hindering your movements, then it's fine. I used to do it a bit but I stopped shortly after, cause I didn't feel like it really helped me.
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#6
traditonalists will tell you "get your hand off the guitar!" but more of the new age shred types will say "ancoring is the key to good alternate/tremolo picking technique." i personally anchor when things start to speed up because i am left handed playing right handed and the only way i don't totally screw up my picking rhythm is when i anchor. do the one that feels most comfortable, if you can do both more power to you.
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#7
I use both, depending on what song im doing i will use whatever feels best. and its also dependant on wether or not im standing up or sitting down.
#8
This topic has been covered many times before.

May I recommend the search bar, kind sir?
Stop whining and learn your theory!

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#9
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This topic has been covered many times before.

May I recommend the search bar, kind sir?


And to make ^his^ post less bland, here are a few links.

http://ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=339913&highlight=anchor
http://ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=686253&highlight=anchor
http://ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=826148&highlight=anchor
http://ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=857066&highlight=anchor

It seems that across the threads, it's doing what you feel is right. Though being able to play both ways is always helpful!
#10
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Stop whining and learn your theory!

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#11
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#12
As I've said many times before, if it feels good, sounds good, and is consistent, you're pretty much certainly doing it right. I personally rest the palm on the bridge or keep it away altogether, depending on the guitar. Strat-type guitars with relatively low bridges (as compared to Tune-o-matics(Gibson/Epiphone style)), I generally float, but with Tune-o-matics I like to rest my palm.
#13
I anchor (very lightly) for repeated riffs/licks. For runs and moving across strings fast I feel unanchored is best.