Question About Playing The Guitar

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  1. chet again

    chet again Tele-Holic

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    do you rest your palm/hand on the bridge of your guitar? I'll limit this question to electric guitar playing because I don't think it affects the tone as it would if you rest it on an acoustic guitar bridge.

    Just curious because I read an interview of Billy Gibbons last night and the interviewer asked him about this and he said he rested his hand on the bridge.
     
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    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    the left hand gets mad if the right hand is resting, everyone has to pull their weight.
     
  3. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity

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    All the time.
    But, it does depend on the type of Music being played.
     
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    I do not do that.
     
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    No. It would put my wrist in an awkward position and likely cause a stress injury.
     
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    chet again Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, I noticed that some guys seem to never do it.
     
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    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Please also notice that Rev Gibbons can spin a fanciful yarn during interviews.
    Do not treat the interviews as deposition transcripts, but as a tale told by a wonderful story teller.
    Peace - Deeve
     
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    All the time. I wouldn't call it resting. It's more like anchoring, spacial reference.
     
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    Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
     
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    Anchoring like that tends to limit your mobility. I also find that the resulting point of pick attack will heavily limit the tones that you should be capable of. Try to get away from the bridge as much as possible, unless that is the tone you're looking for. And it is for a lot of Tele players.
    Catch an Albert Lee video and watch where he picks, and how he avoids the "anchor" position.
     
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    Playing finger style, I don't think there's a lot of hand resting going on. I'll rest my forearm on the guitar. Some new acoustic guitars have a bevel specifically for this purpose. The need for a place to rest my forearm is one thing that makes me prefer the rounded contours of an unbound Telecaster, Strat, or SG to a LP or ES.
     
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    Only for palm muting.
     
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    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Either electric or acoustic, I do that a lot...but mostly just for palm muting as stated above...
     
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    sometimes, sometimes not.......depends what you're after, it get's hard to reach near the neck pickup if you are constantly there with your palm
     
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    No, I never have. I started playing with an acoustic though, so it wasn’t an option then and I guess I never got in the habit.
     
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    I’ve been doing it since I started playing in the late sixties.
     
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    Yes, sometimes. I will often anchor my pinky just below the bridge for picking and muting. For strumming of course my arm moves freely with upstrokes and downstrokes as needed. I normally use a pick for electric.
     
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    Of course, Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins use/used anchoring. It's really a lot of individual style and preference.
     
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    Only for muting or damping strings. I mostly play towards the neck pickup so resting my hand on the bridge wouldn't really be practical.
     
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    I envy those that can find the right string so precisely without an anchor. When it comes to fingerstyle, I like Emmanuel's quote about resting your pinkie on the guitar (at the 1:20 mark).



    When it comes to flatpicking, I still need a little contact with the bridge.
     
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