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Guitar Primer: Plectrum, Fingers and TAB (pt2)

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Once you’ve got to grips(ahem) with holding your plectrum you need to get your hand position correct when striking strings.

Holding plectrum, striking the string.

Getting a comfortable position to stike the strings of your guitar is very important.

If you look at the above picture you can see that I rest my forearm on the body of the guitar.

My palm is resting on the bridge/tail of the guitar.

This is fine for plucking/picking strings with your plectrum or fingers.

Holding your plectrum, plucking the string.

In the above picture my plucking hand is not directly over the sound hole, this is a sound choice.

You can strike the string anywhere, closer to the neck and you’ll get a warm sound, closer to the body a tighter/brighter sound.

When picking notes you should take care to move you wrist and not your elbow.

When you strum you use a combination of Elbow, Shoulder and Wrist.

Always choose what is comfortable to you.

Try checking out youtube of video footage of your favourite guitarists, take care to watch their picking/strumming hand.

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