I've noticed that he's using his thumb to mute, so he's probably not holding his pick in between his index and thumb, which would suggest it's in his palm. Does anyone know this technique, and can explain it? He seems to be able to take his pick out quite quickly.

  • You may want to skip forward to 2:40 or so... Feb 23, 2015 at 21:14
  • @topomorto ok yeah, he seems to be holding it in between his thumb and index at 2:40, but I am almost certain that is not what he is doing at the beginning.
    – Jim
    Feb 23, 2015 at 21:16
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    Between ring finger & palm? Feb 23, 2015 at 21:35
  • @Jim Aha, no I was just giving a time hint to others watching the video to a point where you can see him flip it (to save them a minute). You may be right that it's not the same trick! Feb 23, 2015 at 21:36
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    When he is tapping with right hand middle and index finger he is holding the pick under his right ring finger between ring finger and palm. Notice that the ring finger is always curled towards the palm when he is tapping with his other right hand fingers on a 7 string guitar. Amazing guitarist. Feb 24, 2015 at 5:25

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As @RockinCowboy pointed out, for most of the tapping sequences he simply tucks the pick into his palm and holds it there with his 3rd finger. Retrieval is simple, as you can see at 0:40, in fact at around 3:10 you can see very clearly how he just uses his 3rd finger.

There is a sequence around 1:35 where he holds the pick normally and taps using his 3rd finger - but this looks to be because of the sequence immediately prior.

(As an aside - he isn't actually muting with his right thumb. For most of this track he is using it to position his tapping fingers accurately.)

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