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In your question you asked "how does one learn to adjust their strum so that there's not so much sound of hitting the strings". The type of pick you use will definitely have a noticeable effect on pick noise - as will the type strings you use. But your strumming technique can also be a major factor in how much pick noise you get when you are strumming. ...


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I still find myself hitting the same issues, even now after 30 years of playing. Mostly with picking individual notes on thin strings on a Telecaster with low action, and it's probably more in my head than anything. Let's worry about your issues instead. One thing you can do is play with pick angle. Assume this is the string --> | If you play with the pick ...


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If the pick is held too tightly, the sound of it will show up. Sometimes, that's the effect needed. Ordinarily, a pick is feathered (rather like the windscreen wipers on a car), so it glides more smoothly over the strings. Heavier picks will often make more noise than thinner ones. This presumes strumming is of more than just one string - usually most of ...


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Many of us guitarists hear and feel a real and distinct difference in the sound between an upward pick and a downward pick, be it a single string or full chords. This difference can be important to us as performers. Often the audience only gains a small flavor or sense of atmosphere that is difficult for them to recognize as a type of pick stroke. ...


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To be honest - I think you may be fine just ignoring them as you have been doing. I usually do. First let's talk a bit about music notation for guitar. In my experience, most music notation for guitar written for Rock, Classic Rock, Pop, Country, Folk (and many other types of popular music that is not strictly instrumental) is nothing more than someones ...


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There's typically an ever so slight difference in the way something sounds when you play a down stroke vs. an up stroke. Down strokes tend to be slightly more accented while up strokes tend to be slightly weaker. Also in the context of playing chords, playing a chord using a down stroke puts slightly more emphasis on the lower notes of a chord while the up ...


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After thinking and re-thinking... Yes the way you pick does change the music, Imagine in metal all down strokes for rhythm, it does give a different effect than up down up down. Sweep picking, crossing more than one string with the pick all down strokes or up strokes DOES change the way it sounds, playing with fingers changes the sound as well everything ...



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