The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #21655   Message #234793
Posted By: Peter T.
27-May-00 - 01:12 PM
Thread Name: Help for pickers. Give us a tip.
Subject: RE: Help for pickers. Give us a tip.
Useful metaphors, anyone? I note in reading that, for instance, some people say that when you are fingerpicking, the right hand should not be thought of as plucking a peach (say) where the whole hand works together, but with the thumb independent, while the fingers hang down and curl up, and so on. Anyone have thoughts about how (this is in guitar) the right hand (or left hand, for that matter, or the wrist, or the shoulder, or whatever) could be described so as to give one a good visual picture of how the underlying musculature should feel or be positioned.
I am probably not asking this right, but you may get the idea. For instance, some people talk about thinking of the left hand thumb (on the neck) as being mostly directly opposite to the fingers, and others talk about it being like holding a tennis racket except you should never feel the "web" between the thumb and fingers touching the guitar, and so on. yours, Peter T.