#1
Lately as my speed is increasing, and my movements are becoming more coplex, I am starting to notice extra noise from the strings. After really analyzing my technique in the mirror, I figured out what the problem was. My nuckles from my other 3 fingers sometime slightly graze the strings below were I am picking. I have always played with a semi closed hand. I am starting to wonder if I should try to retrain my hand to an open position? Or just concentrate on closing it more to avoid grazing the strings? I think the problem is when I'm going faster, they tend to open up a little just from the movement. Maybe I'm crazy. Help me out here.
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#2
If you can, just play with an open hand, if you don't touch the strings that way. Sounds like you're picking hand is crampy when you play it, doesn't sound good. I couldn't do it without it starting to hurt, anyway :p

But then again, if it doesn't work for you, don't. You could try to adjust your attack just a bit so you miss the rest of the strings..
#3
I used to having a closed hand and I'm able to pick without unwanted string noise. There are also many people who play with an open hand, so it's all a matter of preference.
#5
What I did when i was getting better was to leave the other three fingers wide open, flat and together. Index finger and thumb on the pick. I ran into much of the same problems you did. Everybody has their own way really.
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#6
I generally play with an open hand, because of the need to tap or hybrid pick or something. However, I use a closed hand for when I have to pick really fast because it's far easier to control when the mass of my hand is centred closer to the pick.
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#7
You'll have to find out what works best for you, personally i played with an open hand for 2 years of my playing and then switched to a closed one. Everything became so much easier for me.

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I generally play with an open hand, because of the need to tap or hybrid pick or something. However, I use a closed hand for when I have to pick really fast because it's far easier to control when the mass of my hand is centred closer to the pick.


This.

Closed hand = speed (important not to clench your fist or apply any tension, just close it and relax it)
Open hand = indeed unnecessary unless you are hybrid picking
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