#1
to have tension in my arm when i play fast chuggy riffs such as those played in lamb of god and other metal bands?
#2
my guitar teacher talked to me about this. He says it's bad, and that it should be avoided. it hinders speed and accuracy, and over time can actually **** up your arm badly.
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#3
No. Slow down and eliminate all tension in your picking arm before you speed up. Picking should be a relaxed wrist motion, not a result of tensing up your forearm etc.
#4
the pick shouldn't be parallel to the strings, keep it a little slanted so you don't have to strum too hard. and really, the slack wrist is the most crucial part.
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#5
Quote by benjonotbanjo
the pick shouldn't be parallel to the strings, keep it a little slanted so you don't have to strum too hard. and really, the slack wrist is the most crucial part.


how to u slant the pic?
with your thumb?
#6
Quote by cemetarygates31
how to u slant the pic?
with your thumb?

If you hold the pick in between your thumb and index, push your thumb into the pick a little to slant it.
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#7
You should not have ANY tension at all while playing guitar. If you have tension, you are not playing as well as you could. You will always play better without tension. If you have tension, relax and get rid of it.
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