#1
For years I've always picked the traditional way of holding the pick parallel to the strings and using mostly wrist. (ie. -)For the most part, you'd get more a "rake" effect when sweeping.

It wasn't until recently that I tried a new way of holding my pick so that it's at a downward angle. It's almost as if I were trying to slice through the strings. (ie. /) But instead of using my wrist, I'd go up and down with more a circular motion with my pointer finger as I'm "slicing" through the strings. My first thoughts when I tried this new technique out was "This feels so smooth and efficient!"

I remember hearing about "circle picking" and was wondering if this was it or not?
#2
Yes, it is. The important thing about circle picking is that the motion comes from your fingers rather than wrist or arm.

Personally it's not something I'd recommend sticking with; I've seen very few people have real results with it. That's not to say it's definitely wrong though, if it works for you it's all good.
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