Reply to this topicStart new topic
> Holding the Pick this way...is it wrong?, Picking Problems??Help plz
Infused
post Feb 8 2007, 11:09 PM
Post #1


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 1
Joined: 8-February 07
Member No.: 1.178



Ok well ive played guitar for about 4 years now. I can play very well, I have great tone and style looks great But Ive always had problems with speed picking and Arpeggios. I cant seem to get it down smooth. Did I learn to play while holding the pick the wrong way or what?Could it possible be the way that I hold my pick? I see that most of my friends hold it at a downwards angel.. (like shown it Kristof's alternate picking basics video). While I hold my pick at the opposite angel. Is there anyone out there would can give me some advice.


MY pick= /
Friends pick = \
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
jete124
post Feb 8 2007, 11:22 PM
Post #2


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 45
Joined: 23-December 06
Member No.: 1.008



QUOTE (Infused @ Feb 8 2007, 05:09 PM) *
Ok well ive played guitar for about 4 years now. I can play very well, I have great tone and style looks great But Ive always had problems with speed picking and Arpeggios. I cant seem to get it down smooth. Did I learn to play while holding the pick the wrong way or what?Could it possible be the way that I hold my pick? I see that most of my friends hold it at a downwards angel.. (like shown it Kristof's alternate picking basics video). While I hold my pick at the opposite angel. Is there anyone out there would can give me some advice.
MY pick= /
Friends pick = \

Your way is not the generally used way but there is no real wrong way to hold a pick as long as its comfortable for you.
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
MickeM
post Feb 9 2007, 08:47 AM
Post #3


Born of NWOBHM, Moderation Team Leader
*

Group: Members
Posts: 8.562
Joined: 9-January 07
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Member No.: 1.062



I think this subject is often waved off too easily by saying "if it's comfortable it's right". That's not entierly true. I held my pick in a "comfortable" way for 14-15 years but it wasn't until I changed and started to hold it RIGHT that I increased my accuracy and was even able to start with speed picking.

Everything is relative, right? So if you don't know the right way to hold it everything less than that which can produce some sound will become "comfortable".

So I suggest you look at others and try to adopt that way. Since you started off in one way already it may feel uncomfortable at first, that's the downside... you won't feel secure since the new way will suck at first.

Even Paul Gilbert held the prick wrong for 7 years according to himself. laugh.gif


--------------------
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Jazzie
post Feb 10 2007, 11:12 AM
Post #4


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 22
Joined: 8-February 07
Member No.: 1.177



Infused-

I hold my pick in the same manner as you do! It feels comfortable that way. The only problem I have sometimes is, when playing fast (or attempting to!) I have a problem with hitting the strings cleanly! I sometimes hit open or deadened strings. I am working on trying to rectify that! I am also not sure if holding it this way is right or just another bad habbit that is hard to break!!!

l8ter
Jazzie
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
dogman
post Feb 10 2007, 01:48 PM
Post #5


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 134
Joined: 12-December 06
Member No.: 985



QUOTE (Infused @ Feb 8 2007, 05:09 PM) *
Is there anyone out there would can give me some advice.
MY pick= /
Friends pick = \




Well, I have the same problem. And after playing for 5 years holding the pick the same way as you do which feels right I also found that I never could cleanly pick extremely fast riffs and seemed to get caught between strings alot. This was the first thing I learned from kris when I joined here a few months ago. So now I have been concentrating on my pick holding and going back to the basics.

This has been very hard and frustrating for me and I refer it as the suck mode...lol. alot of practice and it sucks because it's like learning all over again (and sounds like it too sometimes) for me but it's getting there.

Hey, no pain no laugh.gif gain huh...lol
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post
Jazzie
post Feb 10 2007, 03:35 PM
Post #6


GMC:er
*

Group: Members
Posts: 22
Joined: 8-February 07
Member No.: 1.177



QUOTE (dogman @ Feb 10 2007, 01:48 PM) *
Well, I have the same problem. And after playing for 5 years holding the pick the same way as you do which feels right I also found that I never could cleanly pick extremely fast riffs and seemed to get caught between strings alot. This was the first thing I learned from kris when I joined here a few months ago. So now I have been concentrating on my pick holding and going back to the basics.

This has been very hard and frustrating for me and I refer it as the suck mode...lol. alot of practice and it sucks because it's like learning all over again (and sounds like it too sometimes) for me but it's getting there.

Hey, no pain no laugh.gif gain huh...lol


I hear that! I was practicing the other way around and your right, it is harder to do it that way, since I am so used to holding that way. And it is like starting over again! tongue.gif

l8ter
Jazzie
Go to the top of the page
 
+Quote Post

Fast ReplyReply to this topicStart new topic
1 User(s) are reading this topic (1 Guests and 0 Anonymous Users)
0 Members:

 


RSS Lo-Fi Version Time is now: 28th May 2017 - 07:54 AM