If you arrived at this page means that you are not sure of the way you hold your pick. Well, here you will find the simple and basic information you need.
The first thing to know is that every famous guitarist holding the pick in a different way. Each has its own style. So there is not a right way and many wrong ways but every good guitar player holds the pick according to his style, the genre of music, his favorite sound, his instrument (acoustic or electric) and many other things.
Here I propose the basic position from which you have to start, you can then change that over the years been experimenting, as your playing style evolves.
How hold the pick playing lead
A medium (0.73 to 0.88) or heavy pick (0.88 to 1.14) allows more control and speed.
For solos and lead guitar place the pick on to the side of your index finger, your index finger is curled, then place your thumb onto the pick to keep it clamped between your thumb and finger. The curled first finger is important, and gives the wrist a more relaxed and powerful action.
This position gives great stability to pick, it does not move and allows fast picking.
Take a look to the picture below.
How hold the pick playing chords
A lighter (0.50 to 0.73), thinner pick give a quieter, softer sound while strumming.
For strumming place the pick on to the side of your index finger, the index finger is not curled but it is pointed at the tip of the pick, then place your thumb onto the pick to keep it clamped between your thumb and finger.
This position allows the pick to move and bend between fingers, good for accompaniments and rhythm.
Take a look to the picture below.
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1) Your fingers learn by doing. Whatever they do, they remember and repeat. This is called Muscle Memory.
2) Practicing means knowing the right thing to do, and then making sure you do it. Your job, when you practice, is to make sure you understand what you're supposed to do before you play a note, and then make sure that is what actually happens when you do play a note. This is much easier said than done. This demands your absolute attention.
3) Your fingers are energized by Intention and Attention. This is how your mind tells them what to do.
4) We must be aware of the result we want, and the result we actually get. We must not let blind spots become part of our practicing. We must then treat every 'unwanted result" as an effect whose cause must be discovered.
5) We must watch our fingers most of the time while practicing.
6) It is essential to spend a good amount of time doing No Tempo Practice. This means you are playing with no beat, only examining each movement as it takes place, and making sure only the correct movements occur. While doing this, you will become aware of the stress points that occur in the music, that is, the movements that are causing you the most unnecessary muscle tension, and therefore the most difficulty.
7) Posing, along with No Tempo Practice, will train, or re-train the muscles to perform the required movements with no harmful tension. As stress points are discovered by observing and analyzing unwanted results, we use Posing and No Tempo practice to 'de-stress" these points.
8) As your understanding of guitar technique advances, you will know what to do about each one of these stress points. In the beginning, you must rely on the guidance of your teacher.
9) The techniques of Posing and No Tempo Practice are the best ways to deal with extra tension, because they are themselves the practice of becoming aware of the tension. You can eliminate a great deal, of tension from the muscles simply by being aware of how they feel, and consciously relaxing them as you do your slow and no tempo practice.
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