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#1
when i play fast i can hear my pick hitting the strings really loudly...is that my playing being sloppy?how can i fix it?
#3
If you're only using the bridge pick-up, that might be the problem, so try using another pickup with it or instead of it
#4
yea change the position of your picking that should help get rid of it.... that and you could turn down the distortion a little......
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#5
im on the neck pick up for a lot of my solos...and what you mean my picking is perpendicular?u mean like it makes a cross with the strings?and i never new turning down the gain decreased my pick attack
#7
Yeah, try use different picks and see what works.

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#9
Quote by jason_lee_91
im on the neck pick up for a lot of my solos...and what you mean my picking is perpendicular?u mean like it makes a cross with the strings?and i never new turning down the gain decreased my pick attack


I thought I could explain this with words, but >_> kinda hard, here's a crappy diagram:

pick                  -------
motion                   |                 up and down
string  ---------------------------------


Try attacking at about a 45 degree angle.

                         /
pick                    /
                       /
motion                   |                 up and down
string  ---------------------------------


EDIT: Yeah, pick size is a large factor too :p Your pick might be too thin :p
#12
Quote by jason_lee_91
well i use .88 picks and il give teh angle a try


I'm currently using purple 1.14mm Dunlop Tortex picks. Just to give you a comparison >_>
#15
1.14 isn't that thick, I use a 1.21 pick sometimes..
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#16
Try a medium pick and use the rounded edge (not the tip.) Change the angle of the pick attack as the previous poster said. Push into the pick with your thumb causing the pick to bow slightly inward. Vary the amount of pressure until you get the sound you like.
#17
a light touch helps too - i developed a very light touch - let the electronics do the work - you just drive it...
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#18
Why do you care if you can hear your pick hitting your strings? As long as it's not coming through the amp it doesn't matter at all. I have a heavy attack myself and I can hear it at the guitar but it doesn't come through my amp. If it's coming through your amp, something is wrong unless you're using metal picks or something...
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#19
Quote by smoke63b
Why do you care if you can hear your pick hitting your strings? As long as it's not coming through the amp it doesn't matter at all. I have a heavy attack myself and I can hear it at the guitar but it doesn't come through my amp. If it's coming through your amp, something is wrong unless you're using metal picks or something...


Uhh, no. You can hear pick attack through the amp.
#20
Hahah. Not mine! I guess you must have some SERIOUS pick attack. I am pretty damn rough with mine and you can't hear it at all through either of my amps. Roland cube and a Valve Junior.
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#21
O_o Play something by picking, then play that same thing with legato. You'll see what I mean.
#22
Oh that's totally different than what I thought the guy was talking about. I thought he meant he could hear the sound of the pick hitting the strings through the amp. I can't hear that at all. Of course pick attack affects the TONE and such.
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#23
Oh, rofl that would be ridiculous.

EDIT: I just re-read the TS's post. Your explanation is logical; perhaps I misunderstood. I dunno >_> *confused* You'd be right in saying who cares then :p
#24
Lol yeah...

I think he's talking about the actual noise of the pick hitting the strings, which is ridiculous and if it's coming through amp, very strange.
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#26
dont worry too much, youre supposed to hear the pick attack and its an important part of your playing dynamics IMO

most guys have it removed on the desk when theyre recording, you can read about it in the shred forum
#27
try lowering ur pickup if its too close to the strings and lower the gain if its too high
#29
You know, the pick attack is part of the music, without it, it can sound quite unnatural.
Just like a piano, the keys hitting the hammer, it makes the *clock clock* sound, and a note too.
Or while singing, when you breathe in, the wheezing sound.
It's part of the music and makes it what sounds natural.
#31
Quote by Serendipity
I'm currently using purple 1.14mm Dunlop Tortex picks. Just to give you a comparison >_>


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#32
Under some settings i can hear the picking sound in my amp. High gain or high distortion, and i use an aluminium pick.
#33
I use 2.0 gaters and you can hear the pick attack only if you're doing lots of natural harmonics with lots of distortion. It gives a thick tone too.
#34
i want more pick attack.
how do u get more? lol
comparing to my 1.0mm Dunlop Tortex.
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#35
well i dono i can hear the pick hitting the strings coming out of my amp and its usualy just as loud as the notes...i jus put my paml on the bridge and once i start ripping i can hear soo much of my pick hitting the strings
#36
Yeah I have exactly the same problem and nothing seems to work, I have an esp with 85-89 pick ups , what pick ups you have? someone know if you can get rid of that noise or just lower it down by using an effect procesor?

Ah well thanks for your help
#37
Quote by Dream maker
Yeah I have exactly the same problem and nothing seems to work, I have an esp with 85-89 pick ups , what pick ups you have? someone know if you can get rid of that noise or just lower it down by using an effect procesor?

Ah well thanks for your help


The material your pick is made out of is really important when it comes to picking noise, you might want to try some different materials.
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#38
maybe you're using too thick a pick..

hey that rhymes..
^_^
#39
It sounds like you may be inadvertantly using pinch harmonics. The style of picking I proposed earlier seems to give you lots more control of attack.
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