Fretting hand... cant stop thinking about it.
Ok so I dont know any theory, no scales ect I just think of the fret numbers as I read tabs.
So to begin when I started out not at all serious about the guitar I held by thumb paralel with the neck instead of verticle it seemed to be more comfortable. I put the guitar down(acoutistic) as soon as highschool was done with maybe a year before that. Later when I picked the guitar up again I noticed that wasnt right and it took a long while to train my hand into just getting my thumb verticle but I could see I could reach further and use all four fingers this way. I could also see that if I put my thumb more central of my palm I could stretch wider(or atleast it seems that way) so I went for as central as possible, the problem is my thumb isnt centre of the neck that way and trying to lower it to that position puts a bend in the wrist so much its slightly painfull/achey which is limiting as it impacts speed and mobility. For me even a seemingly slight change in the position of my thumb seems to affect the whole balance of my fretting hand, if its wrong my fingers will slip or my wrist is bent to much.
To find out more information I looked at some guides but you never see the right angle in the examples, then I looked at some of my favourite guitarists to see how they do it, Im guessing the text book way is right between the index and middle finger?
Ive started thinking more about exactly what Im doing with my hands now, Ive read things I never knew about, like keeping a bend in your fingers, keeping your wrist straight and also vague comments about trying to make the force come from the weight of your hand or arm which I found confusing(isnt the thumb against the neck supposted to generate the majority of force by leverage?) but tried to see if I could do it. Its really hard to keep track of if you are doing things correctly or not and at all times.
I also noticed that many guitarists have their fingers slope downwards on the neck steeper than the angle the frets are faced( fingers / frets |) which they never tell you about. So Im guessing a slight twist of the wrist is okay despite what the text books examples say? I also noticed theres another grip with the thumb slightly hooked over, but I dont understand fully why thats done Im guessing its easier to bend on the first three strings(high E, B, G) that way for one. I dunno but I find it frustrating I watch others play and they seem to switch their thumb position about effortlessly without losing any balance and Ive seen some shredders high up the neck put their thumb on the bottom edge of the neck for fast parts.
Any advice here would be appreciated after starting again once I dont want to have to start unlearning new bad/incorrect habbits again down the road.
Last edited by Metalartin; 03-03-2008 at 07:29 AM.