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2. Strumming Hand.
You strumming hand is the one that strikes the
strings to make them ring. When you hit the strings
with this hand it is called a strum or strumming. You
can strum the strings with your thumb, a finger or a
pick. Another name for a pick is a plectrum.
The hand that we strum with is what we are called.
Right hand strummers are called right hand
guitarists. Left hand strummers are called left hand
guitarists.
Here are some pointers on how to set up your
strumming hand and arm.
Make sure that both your whole arm and shoulder
are relaxed and comfortable.
Set up your arm and shoulder so that your hand will
sit on top of the strings near the sound hole or pick
ups naturally. Your wrist should be around the sixth
string.
You shouldn’t have to stretch your hand back up or
stretch your hand down to reach the strings.
Normally if you rest the top of your forearm on the
top of the guitar your arm will be in the right place.
Some guitar players like to rest their little finger on
the guitar to help keep their strumming hand steady.
Other guitar players feel comfortable leaving their
strumming hand hanging in mid air. You should try
both ways and find which suits you the best.
In the beginning we will use our thumb to actually hit
the strings. Later we will learn how to use the pick.