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The Picking Dilemna...

I've been playing guitar for about 7 years and just recently (about six months ago) decided to re evaluate my picking style. I'm talking moreso about speed... striking the string without any angle (perpendicular) I like the way it sounds (crisper), but not when I'm tremolo picking (palm muted) on my low E (metal style); it sounds choppy (but that could be from my weaker upstroke... still workin' on that). I notice the ease of speed when angling and/or slanting the pick (Slanting it toward the headstock slightly), but it doesn't sound as "crisp" as when it's held perpendicular. I would greatly appreciate anyone and everyones view on this topic. I've analyzed so many videos of different artists... but as you all know... everyone's a little different.
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Re: The Picking Dilemna...

10/9/2005 3:00 PM

Jon Riley (9697) wrote:

The last word on this issue has to be here...

http://www.tuckandpatti.com/pick-finger_tech.html



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10/10/2005 4:40 PM

Michael Hamby j.r. (759) wrote:




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10/10/2005 4:44 PM

Michael Hamby j.r. (759) wrote:

sorry i did not mean to leave it blank



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10/10/2005 5:15 PM

David Hamilton (865) wrote:

....and after two post we still don't know what you were going to say.



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10/11/2005 4:13 PM

Michael Hamby j.r. (759) wrote:

sorry i had to leave but what i was going to say was thanks that site helped me no i am better at struming

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10/9/2005 3:39 PM

Andy Wood (5136) wrote:

You are right, it's a tradeoff between more angle and clarity. I think you need a certain amount of angle at all times because being parallel has its own problems: the resistance factor at high speeds, the risk of a slapping effect when the whole surface of the pick hits a moving string - that's noisy too. Maybe reduce you angle if you like, but don't eliminate it entirely.

An angle is needed because the pick is supposed to glide accross the string towards the point. On acoustic guitars this is very important because it assists in pushing the string in towards the body and thereby getting the top of your guitar vibrating more. The top of your guitar is like a big drum skin and needs some inwards pressure to activate it. An angled pick natural provides some of this pressure.

Andy

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10/11/2005 5:52 PM

Trevor Carbon (786) wrote:

Andy,

Thank you! I know I wasn't the one who inquired on the matter, but you put MY picking style into great perspective!

I always had a feeling that there was a reason that it felt 'easier' to pick with a slight angle, and your post made a connection that I've been attempting to make for probably 7 or 8 years now. THANKS!

-Big T

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Re: The Picking Dilemna...

10/11/2005 8:53 PM

Andy Wood (5136) wrote:

Glad to have helped Trevor. That's what's great about WN, you can stumble across a little gem anytime as you browse the posts:)

Andy