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Sep 7, 2021 - 6:47:45 PM
225 posts since 9/14/2019

I've been playing for over a year and have noticed a bad habit I have. I play with my middle finger and notice that many times as I strike I am hitting lower strings with the back of my knuckle. It seems I am pulling my fingers in too much. I don't have tension in my hand, they just naturally end up in that position. My hand isn't closed but is possibly more closed than it needs to be.

I've looked around to find pictures of good hand shape, but I'm not sure if what is/isn't good hand shape. Can anyone point me to a photo or upload one?

Thanks,

John

Sep 7, 2021 - 8:53:11 PM
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lapsteel

Canada

615 posts since 8/13/2015

Try holding an old credit card while playing.

Sep 7, 2021 - 11:39:23 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25217 posts since 6/25/2005

If you look at the right hands of the great clawhammer players, you find they are all over the lot. What you need to do is experiment on holding you hand so you avoid the finger contact. I like the credit card suggestion.

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