#1
Hey guys,

I think I've got a wee problem with my picking hand technique. I've been playing for several years and have been steadily progressing, but I've reached a bit of a plateau which I think may be due to bad picking hand technique...

I hold my pick with my thumb on one side and both my index and middle finger on the other (like as James Hetfield, I believe) and when playing more precise lead lines (when not thrashing chords essentially hehe) I rest my pinky finger on the other side of the high E string, slightly arched over.

Will this hamper my playing in the future? Is it a bad habit? What is good right-hand technique?

Thanks.
#2
nah, i dont think it will...i do the same thing and its never affected my playing
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#3
Hetfield holds the pick like that? That's wierd. You should try picking holding the pick with one thumb on one side and only one finger on the other side and rest your pinky and ring finger on the pick guard. it should be easier.
#5
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Hetfield holds the pick like that? That's wierd. You should try picking holding the pick with one thumb on one side and only one finger on the other side and rest your pinky and ring finger on the pick guard. it should be easier.


van halen and jimmy page held there picks like the thread starter stated. i also do it sometimes...

shouldn't affect anything.
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#6
yaeh...and you cant say eddie didnt play precise leads, just keep pushing urself and you shoould pass this plateau of sorts
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#7
I think there are a lot of threads discussing this topic. I can say already now that it isn't good to hold pick with three fingers.
#8
Ah ok fair enough... I just find it makes it hard to do things such as tremolo picking...
#10
I've definately seen Slash rest his fingers on the strings and I do it a lot of the time too, especially while fingerpicking, so I doubt it would make any difference
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#11
^It does make a difference, really. Resting the fingers on strings - when not palm muting - is anchoring and that's bad. As much as I like Slash, he has lousy technique and you shouldn't imitate him.

Freepower posted those links. These things should be discussed there.