Enhancing guitar technique with right hand position
Everyone tends to focus on the left hand when they talk about guitar technique. But in reality, the right hand is just as important.
This page is dedicated to teaching you the correct right hand guitar technique when it comes to position. It’s not just the right hand attack that is key. Look below and see how how you can make your right hand guitar technique better.
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forearm and hand
right wrist, hand and fingers
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FINGERS for fingerpicking
Take a look at the fingers. You have 3 joints in each, 2 of which perform independently of each other, all of which can move forward and backward, and even one of which can move in a circular motion. Together this offers us an incredible range of movement for fingerpicking. And you have 4 of these! Think about that. Each of your fingers can behave as independent little soldiers. That means 4 fingers in 8 directions. All you need to do is train them to move like that. No problem right?
THUMB for fingerpicking
Your thumb is the most versatile of all the fingers. It has the biggest range of motion. Consequently there is a debate as to what type of attack one should use: the circular motion or the direct, downward motion. To be honest with you I don’t think either is incorrect. I’ve use both techniques depending on what the situation calls for or what kind of mood I’m in. Take a look at what to practice and what to avoid:
- attacking the string in both directions: up and down trying to gradually increase speed
- Using different parts of your fingernail to attack the string to affect different tone
- With every finger on open strings:
- Up down up down up down, etc…
- Once you try these, try to mix them up. Use the index and the middle, then the middle and ring, etc… This will help get your fingers used to the correct movement: moving from the knuckle (hand) joint and not the finger joint.
Avoid when fingerpicking
Bending the thumb or fingers at the second joint. This will be inevitable to some degree but try to use the muscle in the hand to strike as opposed to the joint.