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Anchoring

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Admiral  
6 Feb 2011 08:39 | Quote
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Dont know if we hat this topic before -- ? but I am currently trying out anchoring. Loads of people say it is a bad technique because of different reasons, mainly because you dont relax your picking hand. But I dont really feel a lot of tension when Im doing it. And loads of great players do it, and I get the point why its supposed to help you.

But I wanted to hear some of your guys opinions on that? Are you guys anchoring?
nullnaught  
6 Feb 2011 08:54 | Quote
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I like mixing my fingepicking woth my regular picking. In which i use my pinky for when i need to.
BodomBeachTerror  
6 Feb 2011 10:15 | Quote
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I think its the kind of thing that works for you, then do it.
case211  
6 Feb 2011 11:55 | Quote
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exactly what BBT said, since that goes with many other areas of technique and playing. Everyone has things that work for them that may not for others
Domigan_Lefty  
6 Feb 2011 12:00 | Quote
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I anchor when I pick (not strum)
I have to otherwise my pinky gets in the way or my guitar falls over.
Admiral  
6 Feb 2011 16:25 | Quote
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But what are the bad things its supposed to cause? Tension in your hand and what else?
gshredder2112  
6 Feb 2011 17:03 | Quote
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i anchor when i am not palm muting
MoshZilla1016  
6 Feb 2011 17:08 | Quote
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It depends on the type of picking I'm doing but I anchor about 90% or more of my playing. Like you said lot's of good players do it. If it feels good and sounds good use what ever method gives you comfort.
RA  
6 Feb 2011 20:48 | Quote
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anchoring causes you to move your wrist not your arm. Thus, limiting your "angles of attack." There are arguments over wrist or arm but I personally don't care, look them up there are strong arguments on both sides (personally I'd listen to Jazz guys skip the rock forum morons [not making fun of rock just most idiots on forums.. you get what I mean]). You just have more options when you're floating, which is what I want, options. I move in between wrist movements and arm. Also anchoring cause you to stay picking in one section, tone varies as you move from the bridged to up the neck a bit. To me anchoring just limits you, stop being lazy ;).

not that anchoring is a death blow or even a no no (do whats right for you in the end I guess) just don't get stuck depending on it (or anything for that matter).


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