Don’t get discouraged Erwin, I’ve been playing for nearly thirty years and I can’t go into a G-run or any other lead lick without anchoring something somewhere. With me it’s my pinky on top of the pickguard and the bottom of my wrist is suspended, not touching anything. I don’t plant my pinky though, I let it drag on top of the pickguard in a sweeping or brushing motion keeply it very light, just enough to give me control and it doesn’t mute the sound. If I try to play with my hand in a closed position like Ben, I end up with the bottom of my palm or wrist on top of the bridge pins. And it gets worse the faster I play where it’s harder to keep good control.
Thirty years of playing may be my biggest enemy with this. Since you’re fairly new to flatpicking, you have a good oppurtunity to keep from practicing bad habits with Ben’s lessons and all the material that’s out there today. Work on something very slowly over and over until it becomes natural and then speed it up until that becomes natural and so on and make sure you are keeping good technique at the faster speeds.
If you ask ten different experienced guitar players that same question, you’ll get ten different answers. They may be close, but they’ll all do something a little different. That’s what is so cool about this - no rules, just create music with good tone the best way that suits you.
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small changes in technique make a greater difference than a greatly “superior” instrument.
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That’s a great point. Tony Rice/Ovation guitars?
Hope you’re not more confused than before you asked that question.