#1
im 13 and i started taking lessons again after i stopped for avout 3 years. ive been playing guitar for 8 years. so while im playing some stuff, my guitar teacher says i am playing too much with my thumb or something like that, and in about 10 years if i keep playing like this my life will be over as a guitarist ill get tendenitus and wont be able to play as fast as i am now. i play fast metal and picking stuff, so i was wondering how i can stop playing like my teacher says i am playing too much with my thumb. i still want to play fast metal when i grow up. so can some1 tell me if they kno whaats going on with my picking, and how i shoudl correctly do it. lol sounds tupid but very serious to me.
and also when i play after a while my forearm aches is that normal or should it feel sore somewhere else?


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#2
OMG!! YOU'RE GOING TO DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i think you'll be fine. just try playing with your thumb on the back of the neck for a while and see hoe you like it
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What do you mean exactly by playing with your thumb? Are you fretting with it? IMO there's nothing wrong with that. If you're just hanging it over the fretboard I also don't think there's anything wrong with that but some people consider it poor technique. The "proper" way is to have your thumb on the back of the neck. I frequently fret with my thumb and usually have it hanging over the neck, but I probably put it on the back of the neck almost just as much. All depends on what I'm playing.
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#5
^^if your playing metal then yeah you definitely need a pick... the thumb just wont cut it.

Edit:^ i hear playing with your thumb draped over the fretboard is better for the wrist when playing while standing up because it allows the wrist to be straighter
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What do you mean exactly by playing with your thumb? Are you fretting with it? IMO there's nothing wrong with that. If you're just hanging it over the fretboard I also don't think there's anything wrong with that but some people consider it poor technique. The "proper" way is to have your thumb on the back of the neck. I frequently fret with my thumb and usually have it hanging over the neck, but I probably put it on the back of the neck almost just as much. All depends on what I'm playing.

again talking about my picking hand
#7
if it's your guitar teacher that's said this, then shouldn't you be asking your teacher this?
It really pisses me off when people who "teach" say these things, but do not back what they're saying or justify their reasoning.
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^^if your playing metal then yeah you definitely need a pick... the thumb just wont cut it.

Edit:^ i hear playing with your thumb draped over the fretboard is better for the wrist when playing while standing up because it allows the wrist to be straighter

hey dude im talking bout my picking hand and my teacher i think he means that i strum or pick i use my thumb too much as the main force .
#9
Sorry about that. In that case, yeah, for fast stuff and especially metal a pick is pretty important. But you should be able to get by without one for in case you drop your pick in the middle of a song or something.
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What're you doing? Fingerpicking? Cause I'm pretty sure there's only one way to hold a pick and it definitely involves the thumb...

...Either way, why not ask your guitar teacher next time you see him/her? They can show you the proper technique and you can practice it.

EDIT: Oh I see, you're using your thumb as the driving force behind the sweeps. Maybe he/she wants you to hold your pick differently? *shrugs*
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hey dude im talking bout my picking hand and my teacher i think he means that i strum or pick i use my thumb too much as the main force .


Relax your hand, use your wrist.

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#15
You're right, I'm having difficulty deciphering exactly what you're asking about. But I've addressed the two basic thumb related issues that came to mind when trying to read your post so I don't know where to go from here.
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#16
i get what your saying. you explained it really bad, but your teacher means move your wrist of your picking hand, not your thumb. keep you thumb still.
#20
Yeah, he's moving his fingers instead of his wrist.

So like I said before.
Relax hand, move wrist.
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hey dude im talking bout my picking hand and my teacher i think he means that i strum or pick i use my thumb too much as the main force .


u gotta use ur wrist.
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Well if it works fine and you can get as fast as you need to go, then don't change unless you know for sure that it will mess up your thumb.
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hey dude im talking bout my picking hand and my teacher i think he means that i strum or pick i use my thumb too much as the main force .

If I understand you correctly then you should use your wrist instead of your thumb, nothing should move except for your wrist joint.....
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#25
its impossible to play speed metal and use your thumb to pick....
try to be a little less ambiguous in your first post. and there is a little thing called a "sentence" in the English language, which separates phrases, making things easier to read. if I were you, i would spend money on English lessons rather than on guitar lessons.
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#26
I tried doing that and it feels incredibly unnatural. Just talk to your teacher dude
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im 13 and i started taking lessons again after i stopped for avout 3 years. ive been playing guitar for 8 years. so while im playing some stuff, my guitar teacher says i am playing too much with my thumb or something like that, and in about 10 years if i keep playing like this my life will be over as a guitarist ill get tendenitus and wont be able to play as fast as i am now. i play fast metal and picking stuff, so i was wondering how i can stop playing like my teacher says i am playing too much with my thumb. i still want to play fast metal when i grow up. so can some1 tell me if they kno whaats going on with my picking, and how i shoudl correctly do it. lol sounds tupid but very serious to me.
and also when i play after a while my forearm aches is that normal or should it feel sore somewhere else?


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You'll be fine as long as you don't pick too hard; if you want hard pick attack you may have to start playing from the wrist.
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No, you're fine.
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#30
the hypothetical tendonitis would more be a result of grasping the pick too hard AND trying to move it.

"moving fingers" alone is irrelevant. if not then i'd say even worse for your fretting hand.
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