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Offline roulbac

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Hi,

I am trying to learn Jolene Folk Fingerstyle but my thumb keeps hitting my index and it just kills the groove, doesn’t sound as good as justin does it.

Any tips for that problem in particular?

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Re: Tips to prevent thumb from hitting index finger in Fingerstyle
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2019, 09:03:48 pm »
It sounds like you need to alter the positioning of the right hand. You can checkout the right hand position for classical guitar here: https://www.thisisclassicalguitar.com/right-hand-technique-for-classical-guitar/
The thing to look at is that the palm of the hand is almost perpendicular to the strings of the guitar (and that the neck is raised). This position gives you plenty of clearance between you thumb and index finger.

Hope that helps,
Glen

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Re: Tips to prevent thumb from hitting index finger in Fingerstyle
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2019, 07:55:36 am »
You might also find this video useful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpE98mr3x8Y

It is about the "folk" finger style hand position which is slightly different to the position for classical.
There are lots of examples of people playing this way on youtube.
 
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Re: Tips to prevent thumb from hitting index finger in Fingerstyle
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2019, 10:50:16 am »
Thanks for sharing, definitely looking into that, especially in the folk position

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Re: Tips to prevent thumb from hitting index finger in Fingerstyle
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2019, 05:28:53 pm »
Keep your thumb parallel to the strings.

 

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