i have been practicing some alternate picking and have noticed that if i squeeze the pick really hard i can pick a lot faster.
i am still relaxed even though im holding the pick pretty hard, so no extra tension.
im pretty sure i have read somewhere that you are supposed to hold the pick very gently, i wonder if its a load of crap...

how do you hold the pick while alternate picking fast runs?
Relatively lightly. Hard enough so it doesn't move on impact with the strings, but lightly enough so that it doesn't feel like im trying to grip the pick (if you get me)
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I barely hold it at all, I use Jazz III's and only the very tip sticks out so i generally don't have to hold on that tight at all.