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You rest your wrist (mostly) on your guitar 37 97.37%
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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Picking hand style

I am doing a very non scientific poll about wrist positions. I have always rested my wrist on the guitar, my son plays and he has a floating wrist. I have seen many talented players playing either, or. Fer instance. Mr. Vai I have seen resting his hand, whereas Mr. Hendrix floated his wrist.
What do you do and what are your thoughts (if any) on the subject?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 12:13 AM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

I mainly rest my hand. I used to float my hand when i started playing, but as i got better, i found it harder and harder to play with my wrist floating over the guitar. You cant really pick fast if your hand floats, as your hand moves from the wrist when you pick, and your hand eventually goes haywire, the faster you pick, without a solid "starting point", so to speak.
That being said, some techniques, like sweep picking, are impossible to do unless your hand floats.Of course, unless your name is Paul Gilbert and you have big-arse hands.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

Well I dont exactly rest it on the bridge all the time. I actually anchor my right hand pinky at the corner of the bridge pickup. It's actually a combination of Steve Morse and Petrucci style I guess. This is the most efficient for me, as I create that little bridge over the specific string I am playing and all others around it are muted with the palm and the pinky.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-25-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

I usually rest my wrist when playing but if I'm doing anything crazy fast (for me that is), I tend to lift my hand and float my wrist.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 08:34 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

Most of my hand is on the strings except for thumb/index fingers and the string I'm playing the note on.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-24-2012, 09:27 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

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Well I dont exactly rest it on the bridge all the time. I actually anchor my right hand pinky at the corner of the bridge pickup. It's actually a combination of Steve Morse and Petrucci style I guess. This is the most efficient for me, as I create that little bridge over the specific string I am playing and all others around it are muted with the palm and the pinky.
+1. couldn't have said it better myself.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

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Well I dont exactly rest it on the bridge all the time. I actually anchor my right hand pinky at the corner of the bridge pickup. It's actually a combination of Steve Morse and Petrucci style I guess. This is the most efficient for me, as I create that little bridge over the specific string I am playing and all others around it are muted with the palm and the pinky.
+2 exept, according to the big shiny spot on my satin guitars, my pinky actually moves around alot. As long as it's touching the body I have a point of reference.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

Mine is a bit random, and depends on what technique I am performing.

Also my picking had begins to get very light on grip as I increase speed to reduce the drag/resistance and to maintain speeds.
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-18-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

I find floating my hand is awkward
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-20-2012, 12:53 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

I think its harder to have more control of your wrist action when alternate picking when youre floating.
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 10:05 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

For me it's just the opposite. I let my hand float because if I let it rest it feels like it's restricting my wrist motion and slowing me down.
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-01-2014, 01:14 AM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

I pick with my hand ;-)
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-02-2014, 12:58 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

I use both but 95% of the time it is anchored somewhere
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-13-2014, 05:55 PM
 
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Re: Picking hand style

Mostly anchored, but it obviously changes a bit when doing showy stage moves
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