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Pick Control Challenge

Steve Cass (14763) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

Ok, sure. I'll bite. Tell me how?

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Ok, here's the statement again. Here's a challenge. If you master this pick control exercise, I'll guarantee you'll never again drop a pick while playing. Or your money back!!

For superior pick control, if you learn to master this, you will never again drop a pick while playing. Ever. Or your money completely refunded, no questions asked!! I haven't dropped a pick in years and I strum just as hard and as fast as Nancy Wilson of Heart.

And here's the challenge: Play any single chord with any strumming pattern you like. Make it simple, make it difficult. It's up to you. While strumming this chord, consistently twirl your pick counter-clockwise.

Let me explain exactly what I mean.

What I mean by that is to rotate the pick towards you by using any fingers you can while strumming.

I have finally take pictures of what I'm talking about, so when I get home tonight, I'll post those pictures and update the lesson.

What I mean is, how I rotate the pick is like this: I am holding the pick between my thumb and middle finger. I then bring my ring finger on the side of the pick that's towards me and cause the pick to rotate towards me. Of course, by doing this I am simply moving my thumb out of the way and then the pick is perpendicular to me and in between my middle and ring fingers. Then I simply place my thumb on the pick, causing it to further rotate towards me (as I lift my middle finger out of the way). Now the pick is between my thumb and my ring finger. Next, I use my middle finger to adjust and stablize the pick. So now, the pick is being held by both my middle and ring fingers, as well as my thumb.

The goal is to keep the sound of your strum the same. You may not attain 'perfection'. I haven't. But you can get close. The whole idea of this exercise isn't about consistent sound, just control.