|So far we have used just one pattern and one chord.
Just think what you could do with more patterns and more chords plus fills, riffs and bass progressions.
|The best position for the right hand when playing fingerstyle is with the wrist out, away from the guitar, and the fingers pointing inwards (not too curled).|
|Here, the hand is supported at the elbow whereas if you
play electric guitar it is quite correct to have the wrist near or on the bridge – especially for damping the strings.
|There are many exceptions to the rule – people with a
poor technique who play brilliantly, but it is good to be aware that if you hold your wrists, hands and fingers in a good position, you won’t be making it more difficult to play!
In order to play any instrument to a high standard, developing a good technique is essential if progress is to be made at a good pace. A poor technique will slow progress making it more difficult for the student to learn.
This is especially true when it comes to learning to play the guitar – with both
left and right hands requiring a different approach.
The right – plucking hand
Some players rest their right wrist on the bridge or front of the guitar when plucking the strings, but this hand position gives makes it harder for the fingers to approach the strings at the best angle to get in between the strings and create the most amount of space.
The left – fretting hand
The left hand position is best with a low wrist so that the fingers can approach the strings so that if they are straightend, they would be more or less parallel with the frets.
It should be mentioned that many great players of the folk guitar have modest techniques – or even worse!
Therefore, technique isn’t everything and sometimes the most natural position for the hands also works well.