#1
I hold my pick like a loose fist with my thumb and index finger parallel. I see people holding it like I do with the other 3 fingers kinda just hanging there. I keep mine in a loose fist does this matter. Like does it make it easier to pick or anything. cause if it does im definitely gonna start doing that lol
#2
It's all up to preference. If you're looking for validation, John Petrucci does it.
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#3
lol whichever way you pick is the way you should pick, man. Unless its hindering your playing, i wouldn't change a thing. I've wondered the same sort of thing about my fretting hand; i always see people playing riffs and solos with their thumb hanging way over the top of the neck, but i can't play anything unless my thumb is right down the back of the neck :P which kind of looks weird :S

tl;dr: do whatever is more comfortable for you
#4
Quote by Nickpocalypse
lol whichever way you pick is the way you should pick, man. Unless its hindering your playing, i wouldn't change a thing. I've wondered the same sort of thing about my fretting hand; i always see people playing riffs and solos with their thumb hanging way over the top of the neck, but i can't play anything unless my thumb is right down the back of the neck :P which kind of looks weird :S

tl;dr: do whatever is more comfortable for you

i dont think it would mess up my playing i mean whats the difference between letting 3 fingers hang rather then holding them in a loose fist
#5
The only advantage of not 'fisting' is that it leaves fingers free for the odd fingerpick. Not really worth messing your style for.
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#6
Quote by Lurcher
The only advantage of not 'fisting' is that it leaves fingers free for the odd fingerpick. Not really worth messing your style for.



Yeah, I rarely hybrid pick... so that's unnecessary, for me at least.

I think since this guy is just starting, he'll be alright just messing around with his comfort zone for now until he figures it all out.
#7
Relax your hand and look at it - thats pretty much what it should look like when you're picking.