Hey guys, this is something I've been kind of confused about lately. Ever since I was young(er) all of my guitar teachers have advised against anchoring, saying its detrimental for your technique and will cause problems later on.
So I took their advice, and I never anchored or anything like it. I usually play with a slightly open right hand or slightly fisted.
But...my newest teacher anchors himself and has VERY solid chops, not to say my old ones never have as they were all in a similar bracket.
Here's an example of his playing if it helps at all, he's the gentlemen on the right, he plays around 1:15.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8CnamU5uw]YouTube - Archspire - Deathless Ringing Guitars and Gear[/VIDEO]
I've also noticed a ton of other guys doing this like the guy from Brain Drill, and the guy from Viraemia.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCiLEKWwjc]YouTube - Viraemia - Technical Death Metal[/VIDEO]
Do you guys think it might actually be better to anchor? I know a few of you do it as well?
I suspect that teachers who frown upon anchoring your picking hand likely come from a classical background and rarely play standing up, moving around, or looking anywhere but their sheet music or guitar.