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post Aug 1 2011, 03:29 AM
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QUOTE (Azzaboi @ Jul 31 2011, 07:07 PM) *
Hi WillHuang, nice work applying all this advice. Looking good.

For "padding with the free fingers on the fretboard hand", this depends on your style of playing, normally used for pauses inbetween powerchords or for scratching up some mean funk rhythm. It's when you keep one or more of your fingers from the fretboard hand anchored on their notes but use the free fingers like pinkie and third to pad across the entire strings muting them. You can use this for timing pauses, do it quickly for rhythm, or keep playing continuously across it when applying and removing to the rhythm make your playing style sound funky. This will just take practice and timing. Don't worry, this wouldn't be used for what your currently practicing - but it's good to know.

You playing flat picking really well (this is a good emotional playing style and you can flex the thumb to dig or lighten notes, but can be slow), I suggest always keeping that pick flat to the strings but you can change by rotate it forward (or backwards) for a better attack angle (change to this style to bring more speed, sounds more agressive, but it can also sound a bit mechanical so it's good to use and develop both). The pick will be resting on the side of the index finger curled back in, with the thumb holding in place. The thumb will be pointing downwards when playing (around 45 degrees rotation). The idea is to use the least amount of surface area of the pick. Choke up on it so just the tip sticks out, keep the thumb straight and fixed, locked in place when at speed.

Hope that makes senses?

Thanks! smile.gif

A Newbie Guitarist
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