#1
I always held mine between the end of my thumb and index both extended. I was always told to curve the index in....is this what's stopping me from being the next satriani? (lol) Does it make that much difference?
#2
not at all man, such as eddie van halen holds his with thumb and middle

i hold it with thumb pointer and middle
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#3
lately i have been thinking about this too, along with wrist movment. i think that the best way to hold a pick is with the thumb pointing down the neck and your inddex pointing to the bridge.
#4
It only makes a difference if you've got some retarded way of holding it. You're probably fine
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#5
because with that grip you have minimal control over the pick. it might be held firmly in place but that's the problem, it's held firmly in place. You can't change the pick angle easily to change your sound to fit the situation. Also you're using more muscles than necessary.

the best way (IMO) to hold the pick is to make a loose fist, place the pick on the side of your index finger between your thumb and finger and tighten your grip slightly.

Paul Gilbert used to hold it like you and he achieved some awesome speeds, but he realised it was holding him back so he changed and now he's one of those players that makes playing stupidly fast look as if it requires no effort.
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#6
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lately i have been thinking about this too, along with wrist movment. i think that the best way to hold a pick is with the thumb pointing down the neck and your inddex pointing to the bridge.


yeah i think that's the way they tell you to but at this stage i find it way awkward
#7
thumb and index in a kinda curved motion, depending on what picking im doing - it varies. Everyones different. it shouldnt effect the way you play unless as previously stated, you hold it retardingly :P
#8
Yes, massively.. It depends on what you're used to though. I choped the tip of my middle finger off on my right hand a few months ago. I always used to hold picks with my index finger, middle finger and thumb but I had to learn to use my ring finger instead but my playing's not been the same since.
#9
I hold my pick a bunch of different ways.
depends on whether the song's got pinch harmonics, if it's got fast notes (stuff like the verse in Run To The Hills) or easier stuff (Fear Of The Dark, Mr. Crowley, etc.)
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#10
dude, it makes all the difference in the world. the most technically correct (and the best) way imo, is to hold it like misfitsramones says. that is, curl your index finger in, and place the pick where the pressure is on the first knuckle of your first finger.
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#11
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not at all man, such as eddie van halen holds his with thumb and middle

i hold it with thumb pointer and middle


That's not quite true.
For example, many beginners hold the pick with three fingers - thumb, index and middle and that slows their playing, because they can't move the wrist so smoothly and their alternate picking doesn't sound that good as it should.

But as for holding it a little curved or not is just the matter of what makes you feel more comfortable, I always curve pick a little, because that way, the alternate picking is a lot easier, but that is just how it suits me.
#12
between index and thumb (and not using the tips of the fingers) is kind of the general rule I was thought.I use index + thumb but grip it with the tips of my fingers it works for me , I think if your not sure on how to hold the pick your probably on your way to finding out through trial and error whatever works for you.I dont think theres really a general rule on this

@ TS and I do curve my index because it allows me to grip on tighter
#13
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I hold my pick a bunch of different ways.
depends on whether the song's got pinch harmonics, if it's got fast notes (stuff like the verse in Run To The Hills) or easier stuff (Fear Of The Dark, Mr. Crowley, etc.)


I agree with the man.
#15
I dont hold a pick anyway! i cant stand them!
fingers and thumb, then you get nicknames like mikey Fingerz! =P
#16
I hold it with my thumb and middle, but my guitar teacher told me not to do it that way...
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#17
what if you use 3 fingers to hold a pick? the thumb, index, and middle finger? will that be a problem?
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what if you use 3 fingers to hold a pick? the thumb, index, and middle finger? will that be a problem?

Yeah, that's what I do..

Generally, if it's comfortable and functional, then it's probably okay.
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#20
try picking right next to the note you are playing, i find it easier to play faster, but not at a constant tempo.
#21
pishhh...holding picks is for losers, every time I play, I just staple a pick to my index finger. I think the bleeding actualy helps my speed.
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#22
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I always held mine between the end of my thumb and index both extended. I was always told to curve the index in....is this what's stopping me from being the next satriani? (lol) Does it make that much difference?


I lost about 8 months of playing holding my pick like that, get a more standard way to hold it.
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#23
I hold mine with the meaty part of my thumb and side of my index. Thumb generally points at about a 45 degree angle from the neck, and the index points at the guitar or at the bridge a little bit. It's sometimes at a bit of an angle instead of parallel to the strings. I don't make a fist, but that's because I sometimes hybrid. I hold pretty loosely and sometime circle pick. Tapping is done with the middle finger.

I'm probably doing a lot of things wrong, but it all works fine for me.
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