#2
i think its just a personal preference. as long as your leaving enough exposed to hit the strings.

imo: i hold it with my thumb and middle finger and turn it sideways so that the sides of the pick it the strings. thats faster for me...
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#3
Its mostly personal preference and common sense. As in, don't hold a pick with your index and ring finger, that would be stupid. If it feels right, then its right for you.

Personally, i use thumb and index, save my middle finger for tapping.
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#4
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Its mostly personal preference and common sense. As in, don't hold a pick with your index and ring finger, that would be stupid. If it feels right, then its right for you.


What if it feels right for someone to hold it like that? Glen Drover holds it with his middle finger and he certainly gets the job done. I'd sure like to know why.

Myself, I don't care how you do anything as long as it sounds good.
#5
For every 'rule' on how to hold a pick I have seen a guitarist do exactly the opposite and get great results.

Here's a tip: Try tremolo picking (rapidly alternate picking) and experiment. As you find what works well for you (anchor/float, pick angle, pick grip) when picking very fast, try to adapt that to your normal/slower playing. In that way you will have a smooth transition when changing speeds.
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#7
I hold my pick with thumb, index finger AND middle finger. And I leave almost half of it exposed. I'm just a selftaught beginner so I don't know if this is an ok method but hey, it works for me.
#8
It doesn't really matter that much but it can make certain things much harder for you if you hold it with thumb, index and middle finger. For example you will have a very hard time if you plan on hybrid picking (chicken picking) and tapping / sweep picking tapping because you need your middle finger free for those things.
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#10
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It's the internet. Complain about "U" "R" and "Y" first.

There are ways in my opinion that are more efficient then others, but it doesn't matter if it's not comfortable for you.
#11
Id say just make sure u hold it firm enough to play triplets and quads and such but dont grip it to tightly. that was my problem for awhile holding it with a death grip seemed to create hesitation in my chops
#12
basically just experiment and if you can play well without dropping the pick then obviously you're holding it well.
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#13
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It's the internet. Complain about "U" "R" and "Y" first.

There are ways in my opinion that are more efficient then others, but it doesn't matter if it's not comfortable for you.

oh yeah, sorry didn't notice that. I usually try to use good grammar as well
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oh yeah, sorry didn't notice that. I usually try to use good grammar as well


I think you took my post the wrong way, I was responding to some guy complaining about the mistake on "You're" or something, I forget really. Don't worry about it.
#16
whatever floats your boat. so long as you don't drive it up your fingernail!!!
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#17
personal taste is the name of the game, and those 2 simple words accurately answer most questions in the realm of guitar playing
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#18
yeah I hold mine with the thumb, index, and middle fingers. i can't play a note holding it any other way.

it makes certain metal tecniques damn near impossible for me to play, but I'm not a metal guitarist so I guess that's ok...?
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#19
I hold my pick with my thumb and middle finger
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#21
Of course it matters. First thing is how natural the way you hold your pick is. If you're forcing yourself it's not natural. If you have a few ways you hold the pick, choose the most effective one. The most popular way of holding a pick is with the pick sort of on the side of your first finger.

There is a reason why this is the most popular, because it's effective and natural. Someone above me said they cant play metal techniques because of the way they hold the pick. The way they hold the pick is more natural then effective. In that case you would need to try out other ways that feel natural to you. If you have none then you are gonna have to get used to it.

Everything matters, people spend a lot of time figuring out ways to make life easier, it's just one of those things. Does alternate picking really matter? You can downpick and use legato and be just as fast (With a lot of practice). Of course it matters.

So basically what I'm trying to say is, having a natural feel is a MUST. Never force yourself on something like holding the pick, holding the neck, etc etc. But it's also very important that the way you are holding a pick is effective and won't make it to much harder for you to learn advanced techniques.
#23
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I think you took my post the wrong way, I was responding to some guy complaining about the mistake on "You're" or something, I forget really. Don't worry about it.

yeah sorry I noticed right away I used the wrong quote, but I didn't feel like figuring out how to fix
#24
I hold the pick with my thumb and first and middle finger. I can easily lift up my first finger though, cause I tried it. I think I keep it there for support or something weird like that. I'm pretty sure that will get the job done.
#25
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What if it feels right for someone to hold it like that? Glen Drover holds it with his middle finger and he certainly gets the job done. I'd sure like to know why.

Myself, I don't care how you do anything as long as it sounds good.

index and ring? its hard enough to touch them together, let alone have a good grip for a pick.


thumb and ring on the other hand is pretty comfortable.
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#26
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I hold my pick with thumb, index finger AND middle finger. And I leave almost half of it exposed. I'm just a selftaught beginner so I don't know if this is an ok method but hey, it works for me.


lose the middle finger, it will make tapping alot easier later on