I have been a passive member of this community for quite a while. This is the first time that I am actually writing to you guys. I usually get most of the stuff in the forums;thats why didn't ever had to write. However, I have a peculiar problem while playing the guitar. I strum well with my thumb but when it comes to using a pick, i never get the hang of it.
I have been playing the guitar for the past 3 years. Initially i liked strumming with the thumb as it gives a nice thump to the sound and used the pick(plectrum) only for playing lead. But now when I have started using a pick for strumming, I just can't seem to do it. The sound is too course and imprecise, doesn't sound like music at all. I hold the pick in the traditional way, that is in between my index finger(the side part) and thumb. I am confused with the angles at which the pick should have contact with the strings!! What angle should the pick be while strumming down and when strumming up.....i have no idea!!!!!
I live in Saudi Arabia, and it's impossible to find people here who are in to music and guitars. So I shall be pleased to recieve any kind of assistance from you pros. Looking forward to your replies.
Saied M. A. Khan