Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Resting your right hand: a weakness?
Just want to suss out opinion on this. When I play fast alternate picking exercises, I rest my right hand's 3rd/4th finger on the pickguard (or I would do if my guitar had one).
I started to wonder if this was arresting my development, and tried to do it without, and it felt like the bones had been removed from my hand, very wobbly.
I studied a bit of my playing when in the band, practising solo etc, and thought the problem must only occur during these exercises, but nope - it seems that whatever I'm doing, my right hand will sneaky sneaky find a place to rest, whether it be the ball of the hand on the top tremolo edge, or the low E string, and most disturbing of all it seems to really enjoy bracing with the ball of the band on the top E string, and the 3rd finger gripping the edge of the pup, so my picking fingers sit in a little secure cradle!
Now I played classical all my life, electric for about 5 years, then took a 5-year break before getting back into guitar again about a year ago. Due to this I've got nobody really to sound out about it as I know no (good) guitar players, plus I am pretty much relearning electric playing from scratch - so now is the time to sort this, if I need to.
With the classical playing there is no bracing of the hand, it seems to hover quite happily, but that is linked I think to the only time I don't do this - playing chords when the support comes from your hand bouncing off the strings, with the classical, as you form a triad or similar, your hand rests (very) briefly.
So what I want to know is this: do I have a potential ability-limiting problem here that I should try to eradicate? Or can I just accept it as my technique and progress from there.
Any teachers or players with 10-years plus experience, I'd be grateful for your help.
Thanks in advance.