How to Position the Right Hand

Let your right arm hang at its side
Note: Your fingers have assumed a semi-curled position

Rest the right upper arm on the body of the guitar
Note: The position varies with the length of arm

Place a regular size hard pick on the 1st finger (top of pick parallel to 2nd joint of 1st finger
Personal note: I use an extra heavy pick (1.21MM)

Place thumb flat across pick
Caution: Do not stiffen or bend thumb

Pull back 1st finger sufficiently to avoid touching the strings
Note: Pick protruding slightly more than 1st finger
Caution: Do not grasp pick too firmly (just sufficient to avoid dropping pick. (An inverted “V” is formed)
Note: As 1st finger is pulled back slightly to the right of the pick, the bottom tip of the pick and tip of the finger protrudes beneath thumb

As 1st finger is pulled back slightly to the right of the pick, the bottom tip of the pick and top of finger protrudes beneath thumb

Pick from elbow with fingers and thumb blended into one unit
Note: All movement is from the elbow

As the right hand glides across pick guard, fingers retain semi-curled natural position

Please pay special attention to the following:

  • Do not close or open fingers from natural semi-curled position
  • Do not anchor right hand on pick guard or bridge
  • Eliminate unnecessary movement of right hand picking procedure
  • Hold pick flat and parallel to strings, use tip of strings
  • In picking from elbow, the distance of pick entering between the strings is rendered constant