#1
I'd like to stop using my elbow so much but I feel like there's a giant wall for me when it comes to write picking and speed. I don't understand why it's so limited for me.

Can anyone help me out? If I try to push harder it just makes my wrist hurt. Should I just build up speed with a metronome?
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#2
Stick with it. As with everything, it will hurt a bit. Start by working slowly until you're up to speed.
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#3
Quote by Archer250
Stick with it. As with everything, it will hurt a bit. Start by working slowly until you're up to speed.


I've noticed when I pick I take big swings, I think this is part of the problem. It wastes time and energy. What can I do to stop that?
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#4
Make small, focused movements instead.
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#5
relaaaaaaxxxx your arm. Tensing up will surely make you pick even slower and will lock up your wrist, probably the reason why it is sore after you practice?
#6
Don't relax too much that you're not picking with force. Speed is one thing, but listen to Gilbert, McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Sykes, Becker and Friedman. What do they all have in common? They don't pick like a wimp.
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#7
Quote by Archer250
As with everything, it will hurt a bit.


No. I can't stress enough how much no. It shouldn't hurt, if it hurts you're doing something wrong.

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I'd like to stop using my elbow so much but I feel like there's a giant wall for me when it comes to write picking and speed. I don't understand why it's so limited for me.

Can anyone help me out? If I try to push harder it just makes my wrist hurt. Should I just build up speed with a metronome?


Stop pushing. That's entirely counter-productive. You need to figure out why you can't get any faster. I would bet that either there's some tension somewhere in your body or that you're moving too much. Quite possibly both. Be very mindful of exactly what your body is doing when you play; not just your arm and wrist but your whole body. Playing guitar is very much a holistic thing so tension anywhere in your body can effect your playing for the worse. I would definitely say that the pain is a sign of extreme tension in your playing when you're pushing the speed which means that when you're playing slower it's already creeping in. Pay very close attention to your body while you're playing, it will tell you what you need to fix in this regard.

Also try recording your playing and examining what you're doing; you can't really look very carefully when you're playing because you have the wrong perspective and you're concentrating on actually doing it anyway.

Quote by Archer250
Don't relax too much that you're not picking with force. Speed is one thing, but listen to Gilbert, McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Sykes, Becker and Friedman. What do they all have in common? They don't pick like a wimp.


You really don't need to tense up to do that though. Watch Rick Graham and Paul Gilbert; they're both as relaxed as anything but there's nothing wimpy about their picking. It's all about finding a balance with how much pick you use, angling it the right way, the right amount of movement needed, and any number of other things... but you definitely don't need to tense up in order to pick harder.
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#8
Metronome is one of the right things but you will need the right ex to spend the time on.

Speed Mechanics by Troy Stetina sounds what you need.

Focus on that one and you will accomplish your goals with this thread.
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Metronome is one of the right things but you will need the right ex to spend the time on.

Speed Mechanics by Troy Stetina sounds what you need.

Focus on that one and you will accomplish your goals with this thread.


Exercises alone do nothing, you need to practice them the right way as well and simply "with a metronome" is nowhere near enough.
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#10
I should be moving my forearm to change what string I'm picking, right?
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#11
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Exercises alone do nothing, you need to practice them the right way as well and simply "with a metronome" is nowhere near enough.


Notice the word right exercises to accomplish the goal!

If you don't what it takes you might not go through them all.
#12
You can play the right exercises for hundreds of hours with bad technique and get nowhere.
#13
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Notice the word right exercises to accomplish the goal!

If you don't what it takes you might not go through them all.


This:

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You can play the right exercises for hundreds of hours with bad technique and get nowhere.


You're missing the point: you can't just run a whole series of exercises and expect to magically get better and a metronome isn't enough either. You need to practice the things that really contribute to fast playing: relaxation and economy of motion. And no exercise, no exercise inherently contains those things.
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This:


You're missing the point: you can't just run a whole series of exercises and expect to magically get better and a metronome isn't enough either. You need to practice the things that really contribute to fast playing: relaxation and economy of motion. And no exercise, no exercise inherently contains those things.


Maybe but that is why Speed Mechanics is the bible that has the focus of the topic of this thread!

It does theach all the right areas to focus on.

If you dont know whats in it how can you tell anyway?

I am going through it on a serious level and it does work if you care to go through it!
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#15
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Maybe but that is why Speed Mechanics is the bible that has the focus of the topic of this thread!

It does theach all the right areas to focus on.

If you dont know whats in it how can you tell anyway?

I am going through it on a serious level and it does work if you care to go through it!


You know what... I hadn't read any of it until just now... but that doesn't actually invalidate anything I said. You were concentrating on the exercise when that is really not the important part of what you're doing. You could practice almost anything and as long as you do it the right way you'll get faster because your technique improves. The main thing that exercises do is ingrain those patterns in to your muscle memory.

I never said that Speed Mechanics was bad, just that only running exercises without any regard to how you're doing it is. Turns out that speed mechanics is a good book and does have instructions on how to practice correctly... and that's the important part.
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#16
It's worth nothing that Troy doesn't mention that much about relaxation and economy of motion (from what I read of the book, not a bad book by any means though), so it'd be quite easy to go through the book as a technique beginner and miss out the fundamental points.

That being said if you actually read the book and practice properly with it you will most likely improve.
#17
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
No. I can't stress enough how much no. It shouldn't hurt, if it hurts you're doing something wrong.


You really don't need to tense up to do that though. Watch Rick Graham and Paul Gilbert; they're both as relaxed as anything but there's nothing wimpy about their picking. It's all about finding a balance with how much pick you use, angling it the right way, the right amount of movement needed, and any number of other things... but you definitely don't need to tense up in order to pick harder.



Let's put it this way. Paul relaxes his hand and his arm. His thumb is definitely not lax.
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#18
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Let's put it this way. Paul relaxes his hand and his arm. His thumb is definitely not lax.


Well frankly... you're wrong. It is. Watch something like Intense Rock II or indeed anything where he does a lot of fast picking; his whole hand is very relaxed.

Even without that theres:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBXHH_8QxsU
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Well frankly... you're wrong. It is. Watch something like Intense Rock II or indeed anything where he does a lot of fast picking; his whole hand is very relaxed.

Even without that theres:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBXHH_8QxsU

I dunno. He looked as if he held the pick tightly as hell on the first Intense Rock
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#20
Quote by Archer250
I dunno. He looked as if he held the pick tightly as hell on the first Intense Rock


Essentially: no, he didn't. Go look again. You just need to watch the intro to see it as long as you're looking closely. No tension in that picking hand at all, through any of the insane playing.
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#21
I think that Watch something like Intense Rock II or indeed anything where he does a lot of fast picking. I would bet that either there's some tension somewhere in your body or that you're moving too much. Quite possibly both.
#22
If Paul was tensing his thumb up he would not be playing that well.

I mean, he states in pretty much every instructional video he's ever made that you NEED to be relaxed to do picking like that. Which is true.
#24
Quote by Archer250
Well I'll be. I apologize. I was wrong, gravely wrong.


Damn right, ain't no one going to argue with me about PG

Seriously though, you really can't do what Paul does with a tense hand; his level of control and precision demand that you be relaxed.
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#25
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I think that Watch something like Intense Rock II or indeed anything where he does a lot of fast picking. I would bet that either there's some tension somewhere in your body or that you're moving too much. Quite possibly both.



Im just a guitar noobie myself but to my understanding that when people are talking about being relaxed it doesnt mean being a wet noodle flailing around.

This is how I have understood it. A movement is a one muscle contracting and its opposite muscle relaxing. But when you are tensing up you are actually trying to do things faster than you are capable of and with more force and what happens is that while your one muscle is still pulling your hand in one direction the opposite muscle is fighting against it, pulling the breaks before the other muscle is even finished. You may get a short burst of speed but its uncontrolled and you will end up tiring and hurting your hand.

Am I completely off the mark here?

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#26
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Damn right, ain't no one going to argue with me about PG

Seriously though, you really can't do what Paul does with a tense hand; his level of control and precision demand that you be relaxed.


Now that I've paid attention to it, my hand isn't tense either.
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#27
Make sure the rest of your arm and your shoulders (can be annoying) are relaxed as well.