Blog of the Week: The Grip

Originally posted by Patrick Smith on May 11, 2015 at

the gripWorking with David Jernigan in an Alexander Technique session years ago, he first mentioned The Grip which is a characteristic of my right hand.  I have noticed The Grip manifest in other activities, but on the guitar this not only impedes my ability to execute but also stresses and strains muscular activity through my elbow and most likely further.  This morning I was practicing a section on the high register of the guitar, where my left hand fingers have to move about and land in a confined space.  As I breathed out and began to play this part I noticed The Grip had manifested.

Why?  How could tightening the hold on my right hand possibly improve the use of my left hand?

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