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Dave T wrote: I realize it will be a process of unlearning 4 years of bad habit. Basically Iâ€™m going back and working on simple chord changes while trying to maintain proper left hand position.
Iâ€™ve noticed it feels awkward as all heck, especially the fact that the wrist now has a bend in it.
NoteBoat wrote: The reasons for "correct" position are to maximize the instrument for the average person.
s1120 wrote: May be the best of best fret with the thumb more???
NoteBoat wrote:Chris, I looked at your videos. There are some techniques where having the thumb in "proper" position isn't the best practice.
Guitar is pretty much the same. If I'm in a situation playing something that's well within my ability, I can afford to ignore my thumb completely and adopt a position that feels good and won't impede my playing of that song. If something tricky is approaching then, I'll automatically assume the position that gives me the best chance of getting through it safely.
So when we see Dave Gilmour's thumb sticking proudly up from behind the neck, he's not doing anything wrong. He knows he can play what he's playing in that position. His thumb is where it is because that's where he needs or wants it to be at that moment in time. If his thumb position was going to compromise his ability to play one of his solos, he simply wouldn't use it. He could, of course, adopt the "thumb behind the neck" as a default position to be used all the time in the interests of efficiency, but why should he? All experienced guitarists will adopt the position that feels best to them and doesn't hinder "what they're playing" technically in any way. There are more important considerations than efficiency.
Classical guitar is an exception. The position (including thumb position) is an integral part of the style and the wider neck more or less demands that the thumb is behind the neck at all times. It's not hard to do anyway, sitting on a chair, and sitting up straight. Keeping the the thumb behind the neck is the least of your worries when playing classical. Strutting about a stage with a narrow necked electric is a very different experience and keeping the thumb behind the neck or letting it go where it likes when it's not going to make any difference to what's being played is purely a matter of choice.
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