#1
hey all,

i've been having this problem for quite a long time now. i use picks for picking strings. now, the thing is that there is no "harmony" my left and right hand. i can't pick very fast with my right hand, the biggest problem appears when i shift from one string to another. i've been told that i hold the pick properly but i just have to practice this.
would you happen to have any good exercise for right hand picking speed? or any tips?
#2
oh yea, also i find it very hard to suddenly increase the picking speed when playing some stuff. even if it's just on the same string. i don't have this precision with my pick.
if you don't know what i mean, take a look at Al Di Meola for example, he often momentarily increases the picking speed at very high rates. i can kinda do it gradually, but some songs require speed BOOST at specific moments.
#3
first off don't double post, you have an edit button, second simple excercises like:

e---------1-2-3-4------
b-------------------1-2-3-4
g-----------------------------1-2-3-4
d----------------------------------------1-2-3-4
a---------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4
E--------------------------------------------------------------1-2-3-4


or

e------------12-15-12-------------------11-14
b-------------------------15-14-13---------------14-13-12

^ continue that pattern moving one fret away each time (btw i stole it from Peace Sells, by Megadeth [/disclaimer])

other than thiings like that, just sheer practice, use a metronome or have a drum machine or drummer
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Last edited by seek_&_destroy at Aug 24, 2006,
#5
where is the pick placed? between my forefinger and thumb

my friend told me today that one of the reasons why my right hand doesn't work that well is because i don't use any anchoring so it takes more time for the hand to get used to not having any support. is that right?
#8
alrighty i'll keep not anchoring. people say it's easier to pick while anchoring, but i started playing without anchoring so it's more natural without.
#10
mustaine anchors and he's a fast guitarist, hammet anchors occasionally. Anchoring isn't bad at all, me personally i don't anchor, instead i establish a point of reference based on where i always lean against the guitar with my arm.
Marty
#11
^Lol. Anchoring isn't bad? How is creating completely un-needed stress in your entire arm a good thing?