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The thumb should be reasonably straight all
the time. It doesn’t have to perfectly straight
- just reasonably straight. Sometimes it will
lean a little more towards the neck or it will
lean a little more towards the body of the
guitar, but it should always be standing up.
Though the thumb should maintain this upright
position it may move from being right around
the back of the neck to popping over the top of
the neck. Both positions are used in rock guitar
playing. If you watch guitarists as they play
you’ll notice that they change the shape of
their hand to make playing different parts of a
song easier. You have to experiment with the
position of your thumb and the shape of your
hand as you are playing. Find the best shape for
the things you are playing at the time.
To make sure that your fingers are around the
front of the guitar keep thinking that your
knuckles should be around the front of the
guitar. This way you’ll have full use of the
length of your fingers.
Your fingers should now be able to curl around
the front of the fret board and hit the strings
in a hammer like action. Use only the tips of
your fingers.
Though we say that you should use the tips of
your fingers there are many ways of doing this.
The same way that the thumb will vary its
shape and position to suit what you’re playing.
You can have the first joint of your finger
standing perfectly straight.
Other times your finger will lean over more
towards the ceiling. Your knuckle will be
further over than the tip of your finger.
Notice the diagrams above. For some fingers
you can see the nail, other times you can’t see
the nail of the finger. When you can’t see the
nail this means the finger is leaning over past
straight.
This is very common for finger two. By leaning
finger two over there will be enough room for
finger three to get on properly.
The fingers can also lean more towards the
floor.
Other times the finger will come from an angle
leaning from the end of the guitar.
Each time though the finger is on its tip, but
finding the correct position for what you are
playing.