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Jaymz
post Oct 11 2008, 08:08 PM
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I asked about this before but what is the right way to hold a pick? Sometimes it just drives me crazy! Are heavy picks necessary to play fast well? I've been usin 2 mm Gator grips forever and another problem I have is hearing the pick hit the string to much. Also what is the correct angle to hold a pick at? I don't want my index finger hitting the string constantly.
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post Oct 11 2008, 08:17 PM
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Hey.

I think someone posted photos of this before, but I believe the position with the better grip is to have your thumb perpendicular to the pick, while the lateral side of the index finger firmly holds the other side close to the thumb direction as well (for me, this gives about 20 degrees angle with the thumb.

To me a fast pick is not only hard, it is small (using Jazz III and looking forward to try some v-picks)

The angle at which you hold the pick depends on the technique you are applying. For me what works best is: AP almost not angled, sweep with small angle downwards and a large angle upwards. Tremolo picking also angled.


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post Oct 11 2008, 09:07 PM
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Check out video 3 of Andrew's lesson HERE he gives a very good explanation of how to properly hold a pick.
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post Oct 12 2008, 12:55 PM
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There is absolutely NO right or wrong way to hold a pick! Just go through a couple of lessons here on GMC and compare how the instructors hold the pick, you will see that we are not useing the same ways. David Walliman for example holds his pick in a completely different way than I do. Important is that you feel comfortable about your way of holding the pick, and that you have control about it. About the thickness of a pick, a thick pick produces more attack, while a thin and flexible one makes it easier to play fast stuff I guess, but again, in the end it is a question of what you prefer. I am using a stone pick, absolutely unflexible, and still I can play very fast with it. In gives me much more attack compared to a thin and flexible pick and on top of this it gives me more control about the tone, but I am sure that there are millions of players that would never play with such a pick, that would always prefer a flexible one.


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post Oct 13 2008, 03:06 PM
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Like Marcus said, there is no wrong way to do it mate. If you keep using your technique and practice long enough you can achieve some great results no matter how you hold the pick. Some people even hold the pick between the thumb and middle finger, and they still can shred and pick very fast, so there is no strict rule. All you have to remember is that your picking hand must be as relaxed as possible when picking. This will develop in time and it will give a better and more natural flow to your picking style.
Regarding different picks, I suggest that you buy a bunch of different picks, or at least try them in store. I do that every time when I'm in a guitar store, and occasionally I find some very nice picks. Although I am happy with my current picks of choice and I'm one of those people that settle with one pick and don't change it for a long time, I often try picks because it is good to have several kinds of picks at your disposal for experimenting.


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post Oct 13 2008, 03:18 PM
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It's fully individual as everyone said above,
try all possible positions and pick gauges to find your won "sweet spot".
However,I answered to similar question here ,
bare in mind that this is just the way how I do it,
it doesn't have to be the rule for you. smile.gif


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post Oct 13 2008, 03:20 PM
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Pick 5 different famous guitarists and analyse their style of picking and they will all be different. It really is down to personal preference and what is most comfortable for you. Compare Eddie Van Halen, Marty Friedman and Paul Gilbert's picking style and how they hold the pick and you'll see what I mean smile.gif


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post Oct 13 2008, 03:29 PM
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Look at Marty Friedman, he really holds the pick in a strange unorthodox way, and his lead work is very impressive in my opinion, If I hold the pick like that I couldn't play to save my life, so it is up to each one, of course it always good to look at someone else's approach, it might suit you.

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post Oct 13 2008, 08:31 PM
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QUOTE (Jaymz @ Oct 11 2008, 09:08 PM) *
I asked about this before but what is the right way to hold a pick? Sometimes it just drives me crazy! Are heavy picks necessary to play fast well? I've been usin 2 mm Gator grips forever and another problem I have is hearing the pick hit the string to much. Also what is the correct angle to hold a pick at? I don't want my index finger hitting the string constantly.


2mm rocks.
And regarding the picking, you can train master in any position, however some positions would speed the process up smile.gif
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