Definitely not. At least it is not an absolute rule and for most people it's better to bend the wrist very slightly inwards. What really matters is that your wrist is relaxed and that your hand is positioned in a way that gives the fingers space to move whilst keeping them in contact with the strings.tarrega_fan wrote:1)the wrist should be aligned straight enough that you could put a ruler on it
Ummmm... Welllll.... There is something to that rule but it's not strictly speaking correct. You see, the problem is that many learners tend to stretch their thumb out towards the guitar's head. The center-of-the-palm rule is an attempt to fix that but unfortunately it's taking it too far. For most people the natural thumb position is somewhere between the index and middle finger but it depends on exactly how your hands are built. Here's a very, very simple test:tarrega_fan wrote:2) the thumb should always be positioned at the center of the palm of the hand and move accordingly along the fretboard while the hand moves
Yes, although there's no need to be frantic about it. The point is that the fingers should work downwards onto the fingerboard, not from the side of it. The default left hand position (apart from what I've already mentioned) is:tarrega_fan wrote:3) the fingertips should form an angle of 90 degrees while hitting the strings like a hammer hitting a nail
That's a great video, thanks!SAB wrote:This video should answer your questions, I find it to be excellent advice
I can't speak for the other guitar teachers who have replied here but it takes a lot more than this to offende me.Larry McDonald wrote:My apologies to everyone I'm about to offend.
I guess I was wrong there. I made the mistake of repeating an old "truth" without doing a reality check. I still think it is valid in that it can help visualize many aspects of a good left hand position but yes, you can't transfer that hand position directly onto the guitar neck. It's close but not exactly correct.Larry McDonald wrote:After using it for several years, I came to believe that the pencil demonstration is not a valid analogy
I know this is nitpicking but I think it's the third finger approach that is the old one. It was used by lutenists as far back as the 16th century.Larry McDonald wrote:If you use the "'older' third finger approach"
Nit picky? Hardly, the understanding is in the details. I'll have to do more research.Frank Nordberg wrote:
Larry McDonald wrote:
If you use the "'older' third finger approach"
I know this is nitpicking but I think it's the third finger approach that is the old one. It was used by lutenists as far back as the 16th century.
What I can tell you for certain is that Besard recommended using the fourth finger on the third fret of the two highest courses. His instructions were translated into English by John Dowland and published under Robert Dowland's name so obviously those two great lutenists must have agreed. Not sure if anybody used strict one-finger-per-fret positions earlier than that though.Larry McDonald wrote:Nit picky? Hardly, the understanding is in the details. I'll have to do more research.
Really? That's just across the fjord from where I live!Larry McDonald wrote:My family is from the Lofoten Islands.
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