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Old 01-06-2013, 05:06 PM   #1
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Picking Paradox

1. I have been told that your pick should never move away from the strings or body of the guitar.

2. I have been told to hold my pick perpendicular to the strings.

These two things cannot both happen at the same time.
Either you must lean the pick (assuming heavy gauge pick) or you must move your wrist or fingers to bring your pick away from the strings.

QUESTION:

which one is better for SPEED PICKING.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:12 PM   #2
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1. I have been told that your pick should never move away from the strings or body of the guitar.

2. I have been told to hold my pick perpendicular to the strings.

These two things cannot both happen at the same time.


Yes they can. Think a little harder about the mechanics of what you're saying.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #3
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If I hold my pick across the strings and rest the tip against the neck pickup (lipstick style pickup smooth) and try to pick a string without moving the pick away from the guitar body, it will drag the string to no end(or until it breaks). What am I missing here?
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:22 PM   #4
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If I hold my pick across the strings and rest the tip against the neck pickup (lipstick style pickup smooth) and try to pick a string without moving the pick away from the guitar body, it will drag the string to no end(or until it breaks). What am I missing here?


If your pick touches the pickups you're doing something very wrong; you won't get up any kind of speed with that much pick contacting the strings.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:40 PM   #5
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1. I have been told that your pick should never move away from the strings or body of the guitar.

2. I have been told to hold my pick perpendicular to the strings.

These two things cannot both happen at the same time.
Either you must lean the pick (assuming heavy gauge pick) or you must move your wrist or fingers to bring your pick away from the strings.

QUESTION:

which one is better for SPEED PICKING.

Yes they can both happen at the same time. Grip the pick so you can only see about 4 to 5mm max poking out from your thumb.

And there is nothing wrong with bending the pre-knuckle of your thumb, thus causing the pick to rotate downwards at a 45 degree angle to the strings. This will create a change in two things:

Dynamics and friction. Experiment.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:43 PM   #6
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no i'm just over exaggerating. By doing that one could be sure they are not moving their pick away from the strings.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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And there is nothing wrong with bending the pre-knuckle of your thumb, thus causing the pick to rotate downwards at a 45 degree angle to the strings.


This would not be perpendicular.

So if it is best to bend the pre-knuckle of the thumb i will focus on that.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #8
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This would not be perpendicular.

So if it is best to bend the pre-knuckle of the thumb i will focus on that.


You're thinking of perpendicular in the wrong plane. The angle there is a pure matter of tonal choice. That piece of advice is that it the pick should remain perpendicular to the strings in the same plane as the surface of the body; the one that is parallel to the strings.
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Old 01-06-2013, 05:55 PM   #9
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This would not be perpendicular.

No I know it's not. I was giving you options.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:04 PM   #10
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Hold the pick, let it poke out ever so slightly, bring it along side the sting, pretend you are giving a bee a handjob and you have 10 seconds to finish the job. Move from the wrist, rather than the whole arm... Unless the bee asks

Hey presto,

Speed picking
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:07 PM   #11
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Hold the pick, let it poke out ever so slightly, bring it along side the sting, pretend you are giving a bee a handjob and you have 10 seconds to finish the job. Move from the wrist, rather than the whole arm... Unless the bee asks

Hey presto,

Speed picking

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Old 01-06-2013, 06:14 PM   #12
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LOL...that sums up speed picking. I can't wait to tell that to a know-it-all shredder.
Them single stringers.
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:29 PM   #13
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Its difficult to do though, especially with fret buzz
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:55 AM   #14
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Lol all these puns bee funny.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:16 AM   #15
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Lol all these puns bee funny.


Ok... I want you to try again!
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #16
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I thought they generated quite a buzz in the thread.
Your criticism stings.
Sorry, I'll leave.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:36 AM   #17
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Its difficult to do though, especially with fret buzz

But when you get it down it sounds nectar, mate!
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