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Thread #40023   Message #570319
Posted By: Steve Parkes
12-Oct-01 - 03:35 AM
Thread Name: Building stamina - guitar backup
Subject: RE: Building stamina - guitar backup
Maybe your chord-hand posture is part of the problem, Margo? The ideal position (and maybe the most comfortable, in the long run) is with the ball of your thumb behind the neck, rather like you were squeezing it between you thumb and fingers; but then you can't bring your thumb round to the 6th string if you need to. Try (at home--not at a gig!) holding your hand in different postitions and see if uou can find one that gives you the best trade-off between comfort and playability.

BTW, I don't practice what I preach! After all these years (30-odd) of bad habits, I still end up with my thumb around the side ...