Re: right hand position (playing quick)

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Posted by Rob Perl on November 30, 2000 at 13:37:47:

In Reply to: right hand position (playing quick) posted by Sam on November 19, 2000 at 17:18:19:

Hey, Sam!
: I'm relatively new to the instrument and I'm still struggling with my right
: hand position, especially when I try to play quickly.
: 1)First off, roughly where do you let your hand rest (closer to the bridge,
: closer to the fretboard, or right in between the pickups?)
Closer to the bridge will give you a sharper tone, while close to the fretboard will give you a fatter tone, but pick up more fret noise.

: 2)When using two fingers to play a quick succession of notes, I find the middle
: finger has to curl slightly when plucking, because it's obviously longer than
: the first finger. Is this proper technique?
If you point your fingers toward the bridge at a 45 degree angle to the string, you won't have to curl your middle finger; you'll ge a more even tone that way.

: 3)How do you gauge how hard to pluck each string? I notice the lower the string
: (i.e. the thicker it is), the less hard you have to pluck in order to get a
: full sound.
You really don't have to pluck that hard. Make sure that your plucking fingers pluck DOWN, rather than up.
You're correct that the lower strings usually sound louder - an old teacher of mine used to say that you should be your own compressor. You want to keep your volume and tone consistent from note to note.
Use your ears to even out your your right hand technique and you won't even have to think about it after a while.

Good Luck,


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