What is the proper way to pick?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jazznfusion, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. jazznfusion


    Jan 12, 2011
    my fretting is more advanced then my picking and i tend to anchor in one spot which is sometimes good and sometimes not. Is it better to move your right hand lower and higher as you play different strings? Or to remain in the same spot continuously? Thanks in advance for any help. Mike
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    It really all depends on the tone your chasing for a particular song. You want it dark? Pluck by the neck. You want it bright and snappy? Play by the bridge.
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg , Conquest Sound
    This is going to sound like a dumb answer but the best way to pick is however, it works for you. Everybody's anatomy is slightly different. If you are comfortable and it sounds good, that's all that matters.
  4. jazznfusion


    Jan 12, 2011
    Im sorry i meant in terms of higher and lower when crossing strings. Im usually on the pickup, but wonder if dropping my hand for D and G would give me better comfort and accuracy. I notice many people do and it makes sense.
  5. Like Phalex said, it depends on what sound you want, so you'll probably end up using multiple methods. For instance, if you want to mute the strings, you'll have your hand near the bridge and you'll probably end up keeping it pretty much in the same spot, but pivoting at the wrist to hit the different strings.
  6. jazznfusion


    Jan 12, 2011
    My sound remains the same since im not moving toward the bridge or neck. Im talking about dropping my hand for lower strings and raising it for higher ones, as opposed to always having my thumb on top of the pickup.
  7. Again, the answer is 'whatever works for you' really. I prefer moving my thumb from the pickup to the E and back depending on the string I'm playing, but many players prefer to keep it anchored.

    Both are 'correct'.
  8. jazznfusion


    Jan 12, 2011
    Thanks for the replies and the link cleared things up a bit. thank you.
  9. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Drop your hand, try not to reach down from a fixed point.
    Check out the link, all the info in the video should be considered, but your relevant info to consider is at 3.45 :)

  10. devilstone


    Nov 22, 2008
    Torrington, CT
    Try both. I personally will move up and down strings when using a pick. When using fingers I will stay put. Playing with thumb I guess I move ( he says while trying to play in front of mirror because he doesn't know ) and obviously slapping I move up an down.