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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-07-2006, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Another picking hand problem

Hey,

My right hand is starting to tick me off!!! These are the problems I have:

- The faster I go, the more my thumb bends
- The side of my palm as well as the area under my thumb rest on the strings yet my arm "floats"
- It is way easier to play a scale descending rather than ascending (my picking is very sloppy when I ascend and my hand "swoops")

Please tell me if these are bad habits and what I can do to correct them!! I have a new guitar (Carvin ) coming soon and I want to make sure my technique improves before I receive it. Thanx
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2006, 05:31 PM
 
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Re: Another picking hand problem

Split whatever you're trying to play into smaller chunks and practice those over and over and over (possibly over again) - at a speed you can 'think' at. By this I mean a speed where you can take into consideration all the things you need to correct, adjust them, and still be playing at the same time. If your hand postion is wrong, or things are happening that shouldnt when you play at speed, then unfortunately, you can't play that fast and must take it down to where your comfortable its as simple as that - slow repetition unfortunately is the answer to most things guitar related!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-09-2006, 07:13 PM
 
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Re: Another picking hand problem

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- The faster I go, the more my thumb bends
That means you're tightening up. Don't

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- The side of my palm as well as the area under my thumb rest on the strings yet my arm "floats"
That's normally a good thing. You want to be able to pick accurately without needed to anchor at all. If you're just touching the strings, then it's just muting, and that's exactly what you'd want to be doing.

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- It is way easier to play a scale descending rather than ascending (my picking is very sloppy when I ascend and my hand "swoops")
Some people find that one way is easier than the other. It just takes practice.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-12-2006, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Another picking hand problem

Can someone please take a picture of their hand as it sits in playing position? This would be greatly appreciated. Thanx
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