#1
Alright i read https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=291040&page=3&pp=20
that in the archives.


After trying for hours i think i'm getting the hand of this floating arm thing.

Few q's:

1) How do i control the depth of the pick? without any part of my hand resting on the bridge, i can't seem to find any way to control how far down between the strings my pick goes, and we allow know it has to be as shallow as possible (only using the tip of the pick)

2) Should my elbow be the one bending back and forth when i pick? or my wrist? i'm so lost. Some say use the wrist, some say use your whole arm, and i tried loosening my entire arm as much as i could while keeping my pick level with my strings.
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#2
Yeah im also about to start practicing this technique - could really help my playing
but is it usual to feel more strain in your arm when playing the first few times?

but wit hthe depth of the pick - i guess its just findign a natural position with a pick your comfy with at the right depth
#3
1) "Play from the string" is something you might hear a pro say. Without actually
experiencing it, you don't really know what it means, but when you do, you know
exactly what it means. It's hard to describe... Kind of like when you pick the string,
you apply a force. But, the string also applies a force back at you. If you fight that
force, you won't have much control -- Your pick gets caught, you miss, you hit the
wrong string. But if you go with it, you have total control. It feels like the tip is always
on the string and just flowing over it. You always know where the tip is. It's all
relaxed and flowing. Anyway, that's the best way I can describe it and that's how
you control the depth when you are not anchored.

2) Part of learning to not anchor is learning the arm control to pick from string to string.
Use your elbow. Your wrist will come into play when you can control your elbow.
#4
Hey edg - can you also help me with this question?
Ive heard someone say to not have the floating hand but also not anchor at the same time

so if your not floating - but arent anchored - are you therefore still floating?
#6
laff okay - so basically no contact with the guitar apart from on the pick - except for when palm muting then?
#7
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laff okay - so basically no contact with the guitar apart from on the pick - except for when palm muting then?



yes which is why its infestissamly (sp?) hard.


thx for all the replies everyone.


So if my elbow is what to use first, then should i be holding my wrist straight inline with my arm? or should i just let it hang loose?
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#8
Keep your wrist straight but relaxed. Try to differentiate when you make a wrist
vs elbow movement. At first you'll probably be using your wrist in places where
you don't even realize it (upstrokes was something I had more difficulty with), but you want to be able to do all elbow at first.
#9
thanx edg, you really know your stuff dontcha?:P

one thing for palm muting, you should learn to palm mute after you can play the song fine right? so you don't start anchoring again right?
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#10
Eh, well I've gone through a lot of the same problems and I've worked at finding
solutions. As I seem to always make good progress, I must be doing something
right.

I'd separate out palm muting for now. It's a necessary technique. I think once
you actually have the arm and picking control it doesn't matter if you anchor or
not. You'll have the control no matter what you do, but if your anchoring for stability
you're playing with limitations (ie not having the freedom to take your hand off the
guitar and still pick well). Not to mention anchoring will tend to put more tensions
in your picking....
#11
hmmm icic.

i think i'm starting to get this "play from the string" idea. i'm getting a sense that you sorta try put as little pressure as humanly possible on the strings. I'm assuming with practice this'll get better right? not like if i keep going i'll never be able to fix it right:P
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#12
if you practice you can only get better, i've never heard of anyone getting worse.. this whole thing seems very helpful im going to try some of these techniques myself
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i think i'm starting to get this "play from the string" idea. i'm getting a sense that you sorta try put as little pressure as humanly possible on the strings.


It's hard to say. It doesn't really feel like that to me. But it might to you compared to
how you picked before.

I've heard it described that the string seems to feel like it takes on a "rubbery"
quality.

It's very subjective and kind of like trying to describe a color. The best anyone can do
is give you signposts in the right direction. You'll have to map it out for yourself.
Once you get it you'll know what to look for. Even then, you might find it hard to
repeat from day to day, but you'll have a target to shoot for.