#1
So after many long hours of extremely slow practice today, I've finally gotten to a point where my picking hand can stay in a totally relaxed tension-free state. And that's good and all, because I won't be hindered by that tension anymore.

But in my relaxed state, my fingers stick out into the strings/pickguard. So, when I alternate pick, my fingers are brushing against the other strings or pickguard. If I leave my fingers how they are, I can stay in a tension-free state. But if I retract them backward and out of the way of the strings/pickguard (like Paul Gilbert does), my hand seems to get tense again.

What do I do?
Last edited by fixationdarknes at Sep 1, 2007,
#2
Cut them off.

Seriously, though, practice like that. You'll get used to it eventually.
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#3
Keep practicing tension free, and slowly speed it up so that you don't have any problems with. Try not to take huge leaps
#4
Quote by fixationdarknes
So after many long hours of extremely slow practice today, I've finally gotten to a point where my picking hand can stay in a totally relaxed tension-free state. And that's good and all, because I won't be hindered by that tension anymore.

But in my relaxed state, my fingers stick out into the strings/pickguard. So, when I alternate pick, my fingers are brushing against the other strings or pickguard. If I leave my fingers how they are, I can stay in a tension-free state. But if I retract them backward and out of the way of the strings/pickguard (like Paul Gilbert does), my hand seems to get tense again.

What do I do?


Well, the closed fist style doesn't work for me either. I guess I've just learned to not to touch the strings with my other fingers.