5 tips to pick better
I remember when I first picked up a guitar. It was waaaaaay back in the stone age or something.
It was a no-brand, zero-quality, horribly-sounding acoustic guitar, but it still meant the world. Even more than that, it was when I first picked up a guitar pick and used it. Maaaaaaan, those where the best moments, I automatically thought myself to be a rockstar just by holding it and doing some weird facial expressions while "attempting" to pick something on the guitar.
Yep, you guessed it. About 10 seconds later, those moments were spent and I watched in horror how difficult it seemd, compared to what I thought it would by watching my guitar heroes.
I want to share with you guys some of the best tips I've learnt along the way through many years of learning, playing, and performing.
1) Go with a "heavy" pick
Although some great players do use medium of softer picks, there is a pattern in favor of heavy picks. In general, harder means more control and power (that's what she said, anyway). Your technique will be much more seamless with such a pick.
2) Practice all picking styles
Most of us have heard of these. All down/all up, alternate, economy, sweep, there many ways, and you should practice each one to a proficient level at least. The reason this is a good idea is that it pushes your comfort zone to force you into training your hand and arm muscles in different ways, as well as training your nervous system to be more flexible.
3) Change the pick angle to change your tone
If you hit the strings with the flat of the pick, it will produce the most punch, but it will also require the most strength and control (great for alternate picking runs). Hitting the strings with the blade part of the pick will give a softer sound, as well as being easier on the effort (useful por sweep picking).
4) Keep your index and thumb solid
The movement of the pick should come from the wrist and/or elbow. Using the finger movement will not alow you to play fast or even for long as they tire quickly.
One of the most important aspects. Your technique should be virtually the same despite speed and punch of what you are playing. This allows for a far better learning curve and will make the transitions seamlessly.
Hope you find these tips useful, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.