So after many months of lurking the forums, I finally decided to take the plunge and sign up! Anyways, I've recently started to play with a pick as well as the usual fingerstyle in an attempt to become a more versatile player, however I've been running into some issues. I've been watching lots of tutorial videos and trying to replicate what I see by playing in front of a mirror and comparing it yet it never seems quite right and generally feels a bit awkward/uncomfortable to play. I understand it may just be an issue of needing more practise to get used to it, I just want to make sure I'm doing it right to start with to avoid and problems further down the line. In particular I'm finding it very difficult to find a method for palm muting that feels natural, despite trying to keep my hand as loose and relaxed as possible it always feels like there is some tension, especially in my pinky, in an attempt to keep the other fingers out of the way. I'm very wary of this as I occasionally get issues with pain in my wrists which I'm usually able to avoid through stretching and generally being careful while playing, I just don't want to exacerbate this. As an experiment I decided to try and play in the way that felt most comfortable, though it looks quite goofy/inefficient so I'm not really wanting to develop it unless if I know I'm on the right track. I've recorded a video of myself playing a song this way so you get a better idea of what I'm talking about, including both normal picking and palm muting, which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNXj6fajinQ Apologies for the long post, I'm just trying to explain things as best I can, though any insight on the situation would be much appreciated, thanks.