Re: newbie question - finger placement
I may be wrong, and I certainly don't claim to be an expert in this technique stuff, but I don't think that planting behind the bridge is necessarily bad form. In fact, I think a lot of good players do it from time to time. Of course, it should never be a hard plant, but more of a reference point to position you over the strings. But I know a lot of other people accomplish the same thing by placing their pinky on the top/pickguard. I've also heard other people say they just play free floating, and I think at the end of the day it's whatever works for you. I can actually manage to play without planting anywhere at all if I want, but when I start to do alternate/cross picking/whatever you want to call it (I taught myself chris thile's song for a young queen, for example) suddenly that reference point becomes essential for me. I also like that hand position because if I want I can move it up slightly to get an altered tone/palm muting. It's all up to what you're going after though. If you have laser eyes and a robot wrist you probably can learn to do complicated picking without any planting whatsoever...
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