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Newbie questions on right hand technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JmD, Jan 10, 2006.

  1. JmD


    Sep 13, 2005
    Got a couple of questions.

    Firstly I'm usually anchoring my thumb on either the top string (for access to the A, D and G strings) or the pickup (for the E or A strings). Is this OK, what's the usual technique used?

    Secondly when plucking I try to use 2 fingers (should I use more than 2 fingers?) as much as possible, however I'm struggling. When trying to play the same string with the same left hand position in succession I end up using just the one finger, and if I try to use 2 I cannot get a regular rhythm. Is it just a matter of practice?

    Any good exercises around for practicing?

  2. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Yes, that technique is ok.

    Regular practice over time will allow you to alternate your fingers with a regular rhythm. Try going through the major scales slowly with a metronome. TB member Jazzbo wrote this article which is very helpful.

    The need for this may or may not arise as you progress.

    Good luck!