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Dr.Ogist
post Apr 9 2008, 10:40 PM
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Hey guys,
I wanted to ask you how you hold you picks
with three oder two fingers...this question seems to be very stupid huh.gif
but I am working on licks from michael angelo batio in the moment
and I just want to now whether this makes any difference in speed
(he holds it with two)
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Ivan Milenkovic
post Apr 9 2008, 10:42 PM
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Well, it is goo to hold it with two fingers, the index and thumb, but you can use other method if you feel like you are doing good with it. Generally if your starting in playing I suggest two finger.


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Dr.Ogist
post Apr 9 2008, 11:39 PM
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thanks
I think I´ll learn it with two fingers now...
Just hope that this wont take long
cause i´m going to have a concert in a month
keep on improving wink.gif
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post Apr 10 2008, 12:37 AM
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QUOTE (Dr.Ogist @ Apr 10 2008, 12:39 AM) *
thanks
I think I´ll learn it with two fingers now...
Just hope that this wont take long
cause i´m going to have a concert in a month
keep on improving wink.gif


Two finger is a good way to go wink.gif I'm sure with regular practice and lessons here you will improve very fast smile.gif
Good luck in a concert smile.gif


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post Apr 10 2008, 01:40 AM
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Don't use a pick....problem solved tongue.gif

But seriously you have to do what is most comfortable for you. Everyone is slightly different in what works and what doesnt where the pick is concerned. The question you have to ask yourself is "Is the way i am holding the pick holding me back or pushing me forward?"


As you progress you need to always analyze how your playing. If you can find ways to improve your speed by adjusting by all means adjust. If you find your progressing the way you want. If it aint broke don't fix it.


An example of analysis ...not necessarily about the pick mind you.

For years and years i played with my picking hand fingers extended using them as an anchor on the guitar. It was comfortable for me. After awhile i reached a point in my playing speed where i just couldnt break thru no matter how hard i tried. I started to analyze everthing i was doing. Finally i realized that extending my fingers i was actually hampering the ability of my wrist to move freely. I was fighting myself. Until i had that insight i just thought i was either A) Going as fast as i ever would go or, cool.gif i am fretting the notes wrong.

Once i realized where the real problem was i was able to correct it in about a month. At first closing my hand was very uncomfortable but now its just second nature.


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post Apr 10 2008, 09:22 AM
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with one finger rolleyes.gif


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post Apr 10 2008, 09:31 PM
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I would also suggest 2 fingers, but if 3 should really feel better for you then go ahead, there is not really a right or wrong way of holding a pick.


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post Apr 11 2008, 10:54 AM
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I think one thing is important, you need to have an anchor, your fingers...your wrist...the way you hold the pick is not very important, just see to Steve Morse and to Van Halen...two different way to hold the pick, but both useful! Repeat, I think you need an anchor, and hold the pick just the way you feel more comfortably.


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post Apr 11 2008, 10:56 AM
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QUOTE (Marcus Siepen @ Apr 10 2008, 09:31 PM) *
I would also suggest 2 fingers, but if 3 should really feel better for you then go ahead, there is not really a right or wrong way of holding a pick.

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Marcus and others are absolutely right. There is no proper way to hold a pick. Just do what is most comfortable for you and keep changing it until you're happy with it biggrin.gif

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post Apr 11 2008, 11:16 AM
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Also I agree a lot with Daniel. The way you hold a pick comes from detailed examination of your pick position while playing. Try to analyze how you hold it in order to improve your picking technique if needed.


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post Apr 15 2008, 06:06 PM
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Thanks for your replies
Ill test which way to hold it is the best for me
Funny that I begin to think about such basic things
after 4 years playing guitar...(;
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