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Discuss the Guitar lesson: Cripple Creek

I’ve got two solos for this one: a low solo and a high solo. Both are built for speed and are perhaps the most fun flatpickin’ arrangements I’ve created.

Banjo Ben, I notice that, unlike other arrangements, you “anchor” your pinky for the low part. On other lessons, your picking hand appears to be closed. Do you have a technique about “when” or “if” to anchor the pinky?

I don’t have a hard fast rule as I’ve changed over the years, and I know so many outstanding pickers that use both techniques. I find that I blend the two quite often.

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Thanks for your prompt response. I appreciate it. I am currently using the “closed” right hand, but may experiment more in the future. Roger

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