#1
so last week was my first guitar lesson and my instructor is cool and all, but he noticed that I hold the pick like I'm pinching it between my thumb and index finger. I basically spent the entire day trying to be the next jimi hendrix and now my wrist is cramped up, and my thumb and index finger hurt like a bitch. So how can I get out of the habit of pinching the pick? I try to hold it the right way but pinching just feels more natural for me.
#5
oh god im in a similar situation. i have all these ways of doing things and now my teacher wants me to change it so i can actually have technique. it's hard though and wat do u mean pinching the way u describe it seems normal to me
#7
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well tell him it fells right for me. it's how you uniquely hold the pick.

Yeah but if my 'unique' way of holding a pick gives me cramps, I think I should get out of that habit asap.
#8
that might not work though, maybe the way he holds it affects his speed. my teacher says the way i used to pick was if u constantly used a whammy bar and itd slow me down. best listen to him if ur paying him
#9
the only good way to get rid of bad playing habbits is to start conciously avoiding them and doing stuff the right way until it comes naturally... I remember that when I started I would hold the pick with my thumb and middle finger and have the index pointing outward then decided that I should do it the correct way, it felt really awkward at first but with time I got used to it and now it feels like the most natural way to do things
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#10
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that might not work though, maybe the way he holds it affects his speed. my teacher says the way i used to pick was if u constantly used a whammy bar and itd slow me down. best listen to him if ur paying him


Yeah it is affecting my speed. I'm trying to get out of this habit as best as I can but holding it the right way just feels wierd to me. To me it feels as if I have no control over the pick.
#11
well, i used to have bad picking habits, and to fix it, i jstu constantly became aware of what i was doing, and forced myself to change it. over time, i started to hold my pick properly.

if that doesnt quite work, you could always try taping your fingers together in the proper postion and sleep like that. it might work
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#12
IMO your teacher can give you the best tips, because not only can he see what you're doing, he can show you how to correct it as opposed to just telling you.

Just be concious of it and practice it the way your teacher shows you. Odds are he'll be pretty knowledgable, considering he's teaching professionally.
#13
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the only good way to get rid of bad playing habbits is to start conciously avoiding them and doing stuff the right way until it comes naturally...
Quoted for truth.
#14
Quote by MetalMusicianAl
oh god im in a similar situation. i have all these ways of doing things and now my teacher wants me to change it so i can actually have technique. it's hard though and wat do u mean pinching the way u describe it seems normal to me


my teacher does the same thing...apparently, 'pinching' the oick in the way you describe is the right way to hold it when you're playing funk chords...i've 'pinched' the pick for as long as a i can remember, and i find it easier that way if i'm gonna switch to hybrid picking, which i do a lot!

oh, and it doesent affect my speed
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#15
I had problems with this, too, for a while. I was playing just fine when my husband told me I was holding the pick wrong. I found a picture online and held the pick exactly like the picture showed - the tip of my index finger bend behind it with the pick resting on the outside edge of that finger and the thumb over it. I just practiced holding it that way and then putting the pick down on the table in front of me and picking it up to get my fingers to automatically shift to the right position.

It worked...my next challenge was gripping the pick not too tightly but not too loosely. I was holding it too tightly which locked my wrist up and affected my playing - you need that wrist flexibility. Then, I was holding it too loosely and it kept flying out of my hand. I think I've finally gotten it down now. It sounds like you're probably holding the pick too tightly and possibly in the wrong position. Try checking both the way you're holding it and the pressure you're holding it with. Good luck!