I am a beginner (perhaps intermediate) guitar player and a year ago, when I was at the very beginning, I came across a technique called 'pick rest' as demonstrated in this video:
The technique sounded to me very reasonable back then and I kept on minding it for some time. Though, over time, I forgot about it and was not applying it at all on my play.
These days while playing the lick below from AC/DC back in black
I noticed that something was missing, then I realised that I was missing the open (up) stroke on the second (B) string so was doing
- 3-0 (down up - like in the tab)
- 3 (down - I was missing the open up stroke)
- 2^(4)`2p0 (normal, like in the tab)
I then noticed that my pick was drifting away too much from the B string when hitting the first down stroke (3rd fret), so that I was missing the next open up stroke on the same string. Finally I realised that the 'pick rest' technique helped a lot in saving movement: by the first downstroke on the B string, I was resting the pick on the high E string, so that the pick was way closer to the B string, such that I was no longer missing the up stroke on this same string.
Even though the 'pick rest' technique sounded very reasonable to me at the beginning, I neglected it mainly for two reasons:
- it was not all that natural to me
- I had the impression that this was just theory, that no good/ professional guitar player employed such a technique in his play.
But today I learned the usefulness of it in my own playing.
My question is: for the experienced guitar players out there, is it worthwhile to 'stick' to this technique in order to develop a 'good picking habit' from now forward? Or this technique does not apply for playing solos and stuff like that (as I pointed out above, I don't think I have ever seen a professional player using this technique, though I might be wrong, or the professionals have other techniques of 'economy of movement').