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I have been playing for around 3 years and am mostly self taught.

I have seen many people recommend the use of your forearms for picking instead of using your wrist as this might lead to Carpel Tunnel syndrome.

I have started incorporating this method of playing but I find it very difficult to palm mute the strings when I pick by turning my forearms.

Please help! Thanks

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Ask the people who told you that where they heard about it. That's not even good advice. Let the master speak youtube.com/watch?v=zY85LH4yvo4 and do some picking demo youtube.com/watch?v=RlePTeNihp4 –  percusse Aug 14 '13 at 8:35
    
thanks for those videos! –  Rajeev Bhatia Aug 14 '13 at 8:41
    
    
thanks for that link Ulf! –  Rajeev Bhatia Aug 16 '13 at 5:02

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In my opinion it is completely unavoidable to palm mute and play by moving only the forearm. Besides I would argue that it is not a good idea to play entirely by moving the forearm anyway. A better idea would be to combine movement of the forearm, wrist and flexing the pick between your forefinger and thumb - it is hard to teach this over the internet, consider getting a teacher.

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thanks for that! –  Rajeev Bhatia Aug 14 '13 at 8:40

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