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Video 2: Right Hand Position and Movement

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This is a long video, and it contains a lot of essential information.
There’s a lot here about alignment, lines and angles:

  • aligning the hands properly with the strings
  • angling the wrist properly without bending it too much
  • I talk about how to place the forearm on the guitar so that your hand lands in just the right position.
  • You’ll be asked to look at the angle of your thumb and fingers to each other.
  • I talk about the best way to use your thumb and fingers together as they move.
  • And finally, I demonstrate a vital difference in how you’ll need to position and move the thumb and fingers depending on how straight you hold your wrist.

It’s important to know that there are roughly two “schools” of how the right hand wrist “should” be held: straight or arched. And regardless of any “shoulds” you might be fed by various schools of technique, it’s important to know that both of these can and do work fine—if you stay conscious of what you’re doing.

I use an arched wrist—that’s how I learned to play,  and although I’ve experimented with a straight wrist, I’ve found I prefer this way. If you learn from me as a beginner, this is what I’ll teach you to do. But if you’ve already developed a straighter wrist technique, there’s no need to change it unless you really want to.
Just pay attention in the videos to each wrist position will result in differences in how you hold your fingers/thumb, and also in how you shape your nails, especially the thumbnail.  (see video 5 for that)