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pick slippage

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 8:39 pm
by MikeM
sometimes when i alternate pick at 190 or more bpms my pick will seem to slip upwards between my thumb and forefinger, and my finger will start hitting the strings...i was taught to hold the pick very lightly...any tips on how to correct this? Also, is anyone familiar with circular picking or "brush" picking in the style of eric johson? if so, could you please explain it to me? i would definitely appreciate the help! 8)

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 10:28 am
by SalamanderExcess
Remember to not hold the pick tooo lightly, but not too tightly either. Relaxation is essentail in guitar playing.
Sweep picking is when a sequence of notes are all dowmstroked, or all upstroked. This is common in arpeggios especially, because of the one note per string idea, sweep picking is easy! Hammering or pulling off any extra notes, not alternate picking.

Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2005 2:25 pm
by realgreenfire
double sided tape the pic to your fingers! no more slipping, adn u can hold it as lightly as you want to, and it aint goin anywhere

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:24 am
by Skyscraper
You can always score your plectrums as well, I remember being told that that was what Dimebag did to make his picks 'sweatproof' and sure enough, when I did it I found it helped. Something to consider also is the type also of pick you use, whether it has a glossy finish or a matt finish on it. I use Dunlop 1.14s which aren't glossy so they don't slip so much anyway, but then I'll score a grid shape into the picks using one edge of some scissors and having some sort of straight edge to use that you don't mind roughing up slightly (I used Neil Young's 'Harvest' CD case!). It just gives you a bit more grip, which means you can relax a bit more, not mentally worrying about your grip and just concentrating on your playing, so you can play better. Hope that helps.

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:19 pm
by another virtuoso
circular picking is when your alternate picking in.. well.. a circular pattern. this helps increase efficiency while picking. instead of picking straight up and down, your moveing in a tight circle so it is one constant - and consistant - circle. you'll see people use this style a lot more when they are playing really fast. practice with it a little, it shouldn't take to long to get down.

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 12:34 pm
by MikeM
cool thanks for the tips guys!

Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 11:22 pm
by Ricardo
Also be aware of how you are picking. Meaning, do you just move your fingers, or have pinky or other fingers anchored on the guitar body? Do you pick from the wrist, where it is either out or rested on the bridge? Or do you keep the wrist stiff and move from the elbow to pick? This might also be a factor in what is happening to the grip you have on the pick.


Posted: Sat Jun 11, 2005 4:45 am
by The Man With 1 Eye
I like to think of the circle picking motion as stirring a tiny cup of coffee - a combination of wrist, thumb and index finger movement. You can integrate circle picking into economy picking technique for a very fluid sound. Peace