Fret­ting-hand pos­ture

Guitar Techniques - - THEORY & TECHNIQUE -

Jump­ing around the fret­board play­ing un­fa­mil­iar pat­terns can re­ally ex­pose weak­nesses and habits that may not be serv­ing you well, such as in­ac­cu­rate fin­ger place­ment and ex­ces­sive wrist an­gle. While ev­ery player is unique, there are cer­tain guide­lines that can help avoid wasted en­ergy and ef­fort – even in­jury in ex­treme cases. Try and use the tips of your fin­gers at a healthy an­gle to the fret­board. While 90 de­grees is a bit ex­treme, take a look at how cleanly you are fret­ting when play­ing your favourite or ha­bit­ual pat­terns – play­ers of­ten blame their pick­ing tech­nique when strug­gling to ar­tic­u­late faster pas­sages, but the so­lu­tion of­ten lies in be­ing ‘neat and tidy’ with the fret­ting.

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