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HOW TO HOLD THE PICK

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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UNDERSTANDING: HOW THE FINGERS LEARN
Your fingers have this amazing ability, as does every muscle in your body, to "remember" anything they do. We all use this ability of the muscles in different ways in various things we do in life.
The person practicing performs various movements with the fingers, directed to a certain result. If the movements were done slowly and accurately, with no extra tension is the muscles involved, the fingers would have no trouble reproducing them at a faster speed.

Why slowly?
Because that is the only way to have the mind control the fingers and make them do what is desired, and keep extra tension to a minimum, or eliminated entirely. Remember this: Whatever your fingers experience doing slowly, in a state of total relaxation, they will be able to do very quickly, provided they experience enough absolutely correct repetitions of that action. This is not some special secret thing only some people have or some people

Why slowly?
Because that is the only waxy to have the mind control the fingers and malt, them do what is desired, and &esp extra tension to a minimum, or eliminated entirely
This ability of the muscles and nervous system of our body to remember and repeat movements they have already experienced is the foundation of how we learn to play the guitar, or any instrument for that matter, and is called muscle memory.
It's important to realine that this is not some special secret thing only some people have or some people use. We all do it already, but you must understand it and respect it when you practice, in order to be able to practice effectively, that is, get results. The great players understand these things, and they practice like they understand them. You can too!
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