Poll: How do you pick?
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View poll results: How do you pick?
From the wrist
19 86%
Arm movement
2 9%
Other (please explain)
1 5%
Voters: 22.
#1
Hey, I was just wondering on proper technique to picking.

I have been noticing that I pick from the wrist alot...a good thing? Anyway, I've heard alot of teachers/guitarists say you should pick with your arm (as in movement).

Which way is more efficent?
How do you do it?
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#2
I was always told to pick from the wrist.

It is definately more efficient; think about it- when you pick from the wrist, you move the hand and wrist. When you pick from the arm, you must move the hand, wrist, and the arm.

Sometimes when I am playing chords at a slow tempo I'll use my arm because I can get more power on the stroke, but other than that it's wrist only.
#3
Picking with the wrist involves arm movement doesnt it? I mean the muscles in the arm are required to move the wrist aren't they?
#4
I pick from the wrist, mostly but sometimes from the arm (elbow). It's not a conscious thing but I know I've been using my arm too much when I feel I'm getting 'tennis elbow'.

Have you ever noticed the videos of Yngwie, Vai, and Michaelangelo when they pick ?
They are all different but seem to get the job done !

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#5
I use both.
When tremelo picking the arm tends to move from the elbow.
For normal riffs and lead stuff, the wrist.
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#8
Quote by markisouvlaki
Picking with the wrist involves arm movement doesnt it? I mean the muscles in the arm are required to move the wrist aren't they?


Yes, that would be your forearm muscles. Elbow motion would be biceps and triceps.

And, you should use both. Neglect the elbow at your own peril.
#10
I use both, usually arm for more rhythmic stuff (chords and stuff like that) but wrist for solo's sometimes if i'm in a funny mood i'll do it the other way around, but it's generally whatever feels good to you, if it gets the job done and doesnt damage you, it's all good
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#11
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#12
If youre an experienced guitarist youll learn to switch from picking at the wrist, then to your arm for power chords etc, then back to wrist for picking.