#1
Me again :p

Recently, I've come to notice that what I once thought was fairly innocent, nobody does in video's on youtube. When I need to alternate upstroke/downstroke really fast, for example for the battery riffs, I skew my pick quite a bit.

I'm wondering, is this alright, or should I practice keeping my pick straight (I mean, parallel to the string, if that makes sense)? I've been doing this for 2 years now, and I'm starting to fear I've been doing things wrong since then

It doesn't keep me from playing though, it's actually easier for me. Although maybe it might not sound as clean as when you keep the pick straight?

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you can do whatever YOU like best
i think people playing guitar are just trying to copy others to much, that's great and all but i think guitar playing is all about inovation
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i think people playing guitar are just trying to copy others to much, that's great and all but i think guitar playing is all about inovation

Galloping is a staple in metal.

Basically, you just practise doing it at a speed your comfortable with, and make sure you don't get any sort of muscle cramps (seeing as you're using your whole arm - I think).

And hold the pick at whatever angle you like, just as long as it doesn't "scrape" the strings.
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I turn my pick perpindicular sometimes because in certain situations I think it makes the picking sound more smooth. I guess it's more about what sound you're going for.


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Thanks for the responses!

I think I'm going to try and work a bit on keeping it perfectly parallel (which I think is how you're actually supposed to pick, I pick like that until it gets to fast anyhow)

I do notice doing this skewing gives a less clean sound, but it's not too noticeable :p

Thanks again!
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Galloping is a staple in metal.


i didn't mean what he was the first to do it or anything, i meant just because he couldn't find anyone doing it on youtube doesn't mean he can't do it if still wants to
#8
not really sure what you mean but if you don't run into any problems when learning a new technique or trying to gain speed, and you feel comfortable then you shouldn't change the way you pick.
#9
Quite alot of the great fast guitarists skew their picking. I think Gilbert has been known to do it, but I definitely know that Satriani does it. Don't worry and just play what feels best for you.
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Okay again, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll just keep doing what feels best for me then, for now... If it sounds alright, that's what matters no? ^^

@livingontheedge:
I'm not really trying to imitate anyone. Just don't want to end up concluding that my picking is bad after years of practice
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Quite alot of the great fast guitarists skew their picking.


Every shredder I can think of, without fail, angles their pick one way or other; it's almost neccesary for picking fast.
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#12
Paul Gilbert actually does a lesson on how to do it. I think you get more definition in the picking, especially if you don't have a full tube amp, and you're looking for the middy pick definition that sometimes tube amps deliver without so much effort.

EDIT: Although, it becomes troublesome at lower gain levels, because you often end up getting unwanted pinch harmonics, which you just can't hear with low gain, but would sound cool with lots of it.
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EDIT: Although, it becomes troublesome at lower gain levels, because you often end up getting unwanted pinch harmonics, which you just can't hear with low gain, but would sound cool with lots of it.


That's only a problem if you don't have enough control over your technique, I pick with an angled pick and have no such problems.
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