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Picking technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Niall, Feb 2, 2004.

  1. Niall


    Nov 26, 2002
    Calgary AB Canada
    Ok, so I've been playing for almost 5 years, and I realized that everytime I play live (and i use a pick) my wrist wears out fast, and i screw up the rythem. I think the problem is I put both my middle and pointer finger on the pick, dont use my wrist enough, but rather my arm. My question is: Should I be holding the pick just between my pointer and thumb, so improve stamina and speed? please help!!
  2. A teacher told me the following when he showed me picking.

    You arm should not even move it just rest on the bass.

    You hold th epick betwwen thumb and index

    All your movement should be done with your wrist only no arm movement needed.

    A good pick player can pick by only moving his fingers that hold the pick.

    I know it would be better if I could show it by pics or video but I don't have a camera.
  3. bassmantele


    Jul 22, 2003
    Boston MA USA
    I use thumb and two fingers to hold my pick for guitar and bass and never had a problem. Carlos Santana and I agree it's the only way to go. :D
  4. yeah but santana as do most good guitar use his wrist rather than his arm :)