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.
TIP OF THE WEEK
In 1956, in the industrial city of Liverpool, a student at an art college formed his first group. Like a lot of groups at that time, it was a skiffle band. It was called The Quarrymen, and the name of the art student was John Lennon. Later in the year, another boy joined the group: his name was Paul McCartney. And in 1958, George Harrison joined as well. The myth of the Beatles had begun. The three young men appeared in front of the British public for the first time in 1959, on a TV show. At that point, they were called Johnny and the Moondogs. One year later, two new members joined the group: Stuart Sutcliffe, a guitarist, and Pete Best, a drummer. The group changed its name again. This time it was called the Silver Beatles. They started playing in the 'Cavern Club' in Liverpool and, in 1960, went to Germany for a period. There they played in clubs like the 'Indra Club' and 'Top Ten', in Hamburg's red light district. They also backed Tony Sheridan in Europe (this time they were called the Beat Brothers).
1962 was the turning-point for the group. Stuart Sutcliffe, the leader of the group, died and Pete Best was replaced with' a young man called Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr. New musical tendencies, like rock'n'roll and rhythm'n'blues, had influenced the group, and the songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney began to produce some interesting numbers. One of them, 'Love Me Do', became the group's first single. It was fairly successful . Encouraged, the group issued three new singles, 'Please Please Me', 'From Me To You' and 'She Loves You'. All three went straight to the top of the Hit Parade. All of a sudden, the Beatles had become the biggest, most successful group in pop music history.
The next two years saw a string of successes, for example 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'Michelle'. They made two films, as well: 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help!'. Young people everywhere copied them: their music, their hairstyles, their clothes.
In 1965 the Oueen gave them each an M.B.E. . But their music began to change. With the album 'Rubber Soul', it became more experimental and this was confirmed with their next LP, 'Revolver' . In 1966 they stopped touring and concentrated on work in the recording studio. The results were extraordinary. 1967 saw the production of songs like 'Penny Lane', 'Strawberry Fields Forever', 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds', and the famous LP, 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
But things began to go wrong. John Lennon met Yoko Ono, and Paul McCartney met Linda Eastman, who was the exact opposite of Yoko Ono. The group continued to work, and produced two more albums which included songs like 'Let It Be', 'Hey Jude' and 'Yellow Submarine'. But differences of opinion, economic problems and different artistic temperaments led inevitably to the breakup. On 10th of April, 1970, a month before their last album came out, Paul. McCartney called a press conference: the Beatles no longer existed.