#1
Is it important just how tight you hold your pick? What is it an advantage and is it necessary?

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It's a balancing act, too tight and you're just as likely to slip and drop it as you are holding it too lightly.

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#5
Hold it tight for more power over it and you can pick harder and faster,but not too tight.
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Loosely held pick = weaker strike resulting in a softer strum, you get a clearer sound but less sustain. Also if your fingers get sweaty the pick can slip.

Tightly held pick = Sharper attack on your strings resulting in more gain and longer sustain, but less clear. Less chance of pick slippage.
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Loosely held pick = weaker strike resulting in a softer strum, you get a clearer sound but less sustain. Also if your fingers get sweaty the pick can slip.

Tightly held pick = Sharper attack on your strings resulting in more gain and longer sustain, but less clear. Less chance of pick slippage.


Also if you hold tighter you get tired faster right?Or am I wrong?
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Also if you hold tighter you get tired faster right?Or am I wrong?


Depends. If you train yourself holding it tightly but not too tight, not crushing the pick, you'll adjust and adapt and your fingers won't get tired. My arm and wrist do but fingers don't, and I have a very firm grip. Squeeze it and you'll tire easily, but hold it firm if you want a sharp attack.
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Depends. If you train yourself holding it tightly but not too tight, not crushing the pick, you'll adjust and adapt and your fingers won't get tired. My arm and wrist do but fingers don't, and I have a very firm grip. Squeeze it and you'll tire easily, but hold it firm if you want a sharp attack.


I think I'm not holding mine too tight,when I play my pick just tilts over a couple of degrees and is not 90 degrees with the string,hard to fix that Ive been trying for weeks.
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#12
I just pick however it's comfortable, I might change my picking style several times throughout a song. Sometimes I even use the non sharp end of the pick for some parts.
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I think I'm not holding mine too tight,when I play my pick just tilts over a couple of degrees and is not 90 degrees with the string,hard to fix that Ive been trying for weeks.


Best way to do it, start palm-mute open chord chugging. Don't worry about what you're playing, aim for consistency and attack. Metal is one quarter taps, three quarters picking. Use your fingers to move the pick, not your wrist. Alternate moving your thumb and forefinger back and forth. Easiest way for me.

And by the way, don't need a 90 degree angle. Just need to be comfortable and have a solid attack rather than a scratchy scrape before each note.
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#15
It's a personal preference. Sometimes you need to adjust it depending on what you're playing.

Some people will hold it lightly when playing fast picking licks, because that way there's less resistance to the picking motion. Others prefer to "dig in" to get a stronger attack. You can also use it to vary your dynamics.
There's no right or wrong way to do it, apart from the extreme cases. Don't drop your pick, but don't squeeze the hell out of it either. That causes your hand and maybe even your whole forearm to become tense. You'll get tired quickly.
#16
Between the thumb and the side of my index with enough pressure for it to move a little when strumming, but not enough when picking. Also been experimenting with picking and finger picking a the same time.
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#17
I hold my pick looser the higher on the guitar I go, but most of the time I don't play guitar, I play bass with my fingers so it's not really an issue.

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Don't think it's the most important thing to think about.
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#19
You need to pick the string with a loose pinch because tension will build; your muscles will not ingrain the feeling when it is tense