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man0mule
post Nov 21 2007, 07:58 PM
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been having problems with my right hand and how to hold a pick. Everyone seems to hold it different. I've always held the pick between the pads of my thumb, pointer and middle finger. Seems like most people hold there's between the pad of the thumb and the first knuckle of the pointer finger. I can do this too. actually i tend to pick faster and more precise this way but i can't play rythm holding a pick like that.

I was watching videos on this site and seeing that allot of people anchor thier pinkys to the guitar. I've been trying this but my hand seems to be allot slower. Also from watching avenged sevenfold and dragonforce they actually hold thier picks so they are angled the other way. so your hand is almost below the pick. This actually feels pretty natural for me but i can't play everything like that either.

I guess i just need to pick a style and stick with it...

what do you guys think?


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post Nov 21 2007, 08:13 PM
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I had the exactly same problem when I started playing. It took me about two or three weeks to play rhythm with this holding technique. So I just played till I was able to do it. It gets natural with time. I don't know if it's really true, but I have the feeling that it made things easier to learn for me. It didn't take so long to get them on a fast tempo.

But you must know what is best for you. Everyone holds the pick different, as you already said. And you have to find a position that is comfortable to you in all playing situations.


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post Nov 21 2007, 08:32 PM
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I believe that everyone should find best way for himself how to hold the pick.
On the other hand,I think having anchored pinky to your guitar might block you to play some stuff,
like skipping etc,sort of fist locked to body of guitar without being able to move it freely...


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post Nov 21 2007, 08:41 PM
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Everything seems impossible in the start, but after a couple of weeks with pick you'll be like "omg, how could I play without a pick earlier?" tongue.gif

When I started to play with pick my dad just told me to not use a big part of the pick to play with, like, dont let a big part of the pick stick out, uhmm, kinda hard to explain... But other than that I just held it like I wanted to.


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post Nov 21 2007, 08:47 PM
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just to shed some new light on it, i've been playing guitar for almost 10 years now. but i'm trying to get more serious about it and build my skillset. I used to change how i held a pick based on if i was standing or sitting. now i'm starting to think that's a bad idea and trying to get 1 set way to hold it so i'm more consistant. My thinking is the more consistant it is the faster i will be able to pick up more advanced things.


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post Nov 21 2007, 11:23 PM
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I was in the same situation - after 20 years I changed and it made a huge difference. I'm not going to recommend one way or another as it is completely personal, but I do recommend you keep your mind open and try different ways


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In general you should hold a pick how it suits best for you. If you`ve always held a pick with your index, middle and thumb then carry on. I red somewhere (Tommy Tedesco`s book) that he had known a guy who played with a pick with his middle and thumb finger and he had the fastest technique that he ever seen until then. So practise how you feel comfortable. In general you shoudn`t anchor any part of your picking arm on the guitar as its slows you down (BUT lotta great guitar legends did just this...) If you play rhythm anchoring is a major no.


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post Nov 23 2007, 03:49 PM
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QUOTE (man0mule @ Nov 21 2007, 08:47 PM) *
just to shed some new light on it, i've been playing guitar for almost 10 years now. but i'm trying to get more serious about it and build my skillset. I used to change how i held a pick based on if i was standing or sitting. now i'm starting to think that's a bad idea and trying to get 1 set way to hold it so i'm more consistant. My thinking is the more consistant it is the faster i will be able to pick up more advanced things.


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