How to Hold Guitar Pick .....

Discussion in 'Guitar Lessons, Tutorials & Tips' started by bob-bobby, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. bob-bobby

    bob-bobby Extinct or Banned!

    For all the newbies or people who have just started to play guitars

    Rock On :rockon:

    Hold the pick firmly. Use the very tip of the pick when going after individual notes. Less pick contact with the string equals less resistance. Keep the wrist loose. Strum lightly when chording, don't "dig in."

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  2. bob-bobby

    bob-bobby Extinct or Banned!

    2nd pic

    one more pic for pick holding technique !!

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  3. Liquid

    Liquid New Member

    i used to hold my pick with my middle finger....then i got a new guitar teacher...and he told me to change...told me to use index finger....which is a lot better....took me a while to get used to it

    im surprised that my old teacher didnt correct me :S
  4. d_ist_urb_ed

    d_ist_urb_ed Genuflect b*tches!

    You should see the way i hold the pick. It's a completely new style, but i pick faster and better, so it's fine with me. Whatever works for you, you cant expect the conventional method to work out for you each time.
  5. nadish

    nadish Active Member

    Yeah. I always hold the pic like that...
  6. virtuosoboy

    virtuosoboy New Member

    Picking Technique

    ok there are two attachments here, the first (pic4) is the right way to hold a pic (i think) the second (pic 5) is the way i hold my pic if u look you can see its almost completely sideways, ive been playing for two years now, for most of the sweep stuff i do i use the proper way but for alternate picking i've found that the second way offers far greater speed because there is no resistance from the strings, you almost dont even pluck them you just glide over them my way... but it is the wrong way to hold the pick so theres probly something bad about it, like i'll end up with tenonditis or something.

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  7. death_metal_fan

    death_metal_fan oh goody, it's a woody!

    The problem with angling the pick while sweeping is that you will not get the best sound possible because you're not striking the strings with the full face of the pick. You can hear it if you angle the pick too much, you get a strange sound.
  8. ananth222

    ananth222 Beginner

    I read somewhere that your picking should sound like a plastic card thru the spokes of a bicycle, not like trampling over dried leaves.

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