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Old 10-05-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
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How tight to hold the pick?

Well, the title says most of it. How tight should I hold the pick? Should it be able to flop over the strings a bit or should it be held firmly enough so that it doesn't flop over them?

Thanks in advanced!
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Old 10-05-2008, 01:58 PM   #2
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I started out playing classical, then acoustic. When I got my electric I never liked using a pick.

I still dont use one, ive learned how to play efficiently without a pick
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:02 PM   #3
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It matters what kind of sound you want. If you're sweeping or something, I hear holding the pick a little looser so it goes across the strings easier is good. Dynamics is a cool thing though. How tight you hold the pick will affect how the string is hit which will affect the sound you get. You'll want to hold it a certain way for different passages and songs.

Don't ever hold the pick so tight that your hand tenses up. That happens when you try to alternate pick to fast and/or tremolo pick. Tensing your hand up EVER is bad and can lead to injury.


PS, this should probably be in Advanced Techniques.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:03 PM   #4
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Wow The.new.guy., that post was really helpful.... Anyways, to answer your question, it depends on what you're doing. If you're lightly strumming an acoustic, a loose grip will allow for smooth strumming. If you're rapidly alternate picking, a tight grip will allow for precision and speed. In most cases, practice will allow you to feel out what grip works best for you.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:05 PM   #5
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depends. If you're strumming I would hold it more loosely than when I'm doing single note lines and such.
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:06 PM   #6
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Ok cool. Sounds like I should hold it a little tighter. Thanks!
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
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Check this out: http://guitarprinciples.com/Guitar_Technique/Slant.htm

That shows some pictures on how to hold the pick.


Edit: If you're holding the pick incorrectly, how tight you're holding it may not be the problem.



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actually, i'm more opposite of atherspear. if i'm doing more strumming, i'm holding it a bit looser, and if i'm doing single notes, it's a bit tighter.
That's exactly what they said
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Old 10-05-2008, 02:14 PM   #8
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actually, i'm more opposite of atherspear. if i'm doing more strumming, i'm holding it a bit looser, and if i'm doing single notes, it's a bit tighter.
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:45 PM   #9
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Okay, everyone should take this advice.

You should be able to do many right hand techniques. They are all helpful, and will always come in handy when you are playing. Learning to tighten your grip or loosen depending on what you are doing is something becomes sub-conscious as you practice more.

Just try anything and everything with your right hand, and you are bound to find something that can help you, and that you like/feel comfortable with.

IMO making sure that you can play in different rhythms and time signatures is much more important, as it is something you have to actually think about.
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