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Questions tagged [picking]

Playing stringed instruments with a plectrum.

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Guitar: How do I keep my picking hand from moving away from the soundhole and toward the saddle?

I'm having some trouble with advanced picking. When I am trying to move between strings etc. my picking hand tends to move laterally from over or just behind the soundhole, where it should be, to get ...
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Is there a special term for this type of alternate picking?

I'm looking to see if there's a special word for a type of alternate picking commonly heard in metal that involves playing a series of notes on a lower string while also playing notes on a higher ...
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Is pizzicato on a violin family instrument louder than finger picking an acostic guitar?

It seems that way, since those instruments are played in large concert halls that a guitar would probably need an amplifier for. And if it's true, what is the reason?
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Use picking instead of hammer-ons and pull-offs

In my learning, I'm nearing that point when the notes just seem too fast to be picked individually. Most tabs I come across contain hammer-ons and pull-offs for fast notes. However, I'm finding that ...
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How can I improve my picking speed and accuracy

I've been playing acoustic guitar for almost 4 years and I just started electric. The way I see it there is a lot more picking involved in electric which I'm not so good at. Are there any exercises I ...
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My alternate picking technique has reached a plateau

I've played guitar for over ten years, and my alternate picking really blows when it comes to fast stuff like 7 to 10 notes per second range. I sometimes wonder if I have reached my natural limits? ...
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Concerning individual string picking - when (it what situations) should the pick be angled, and when should it be perpendicular to the string?

I've learned a lot of guitar stuff from YouTube videos. But this really irks me: some YouTubers insist that their technique is the only way you should play guitar, and that any other way is a "mistake"...
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Difference between Strike, Brush, Crescendo and Arpeggio

When playing guitar I stumble upon tabs that either have striking the chords, brushing them with the pick, doing a crescendo or playing them as an arpeggio. As far as I learned when you strike you hit ...
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What Kind of Right-Hand Picking Technique is Being Used in This Lick?

I'm having the toughest time learning this lick because I don't know if inside picking is being used or a double down stroke. This conundrum seems to be present in guitar riffs that use hammer on/pull ...
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Combining fingerpicking with guitar pick

So I've been playing acoustic guitar for years and have developed a certain fingerpicking style as well as a really good strumming technique. However, I have never used a pick and always thought it ...
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Gym exercises for picking speed

When I was younger, I could never get my riffing speed up to where I wanted it to be, even tough I excessively practiced. After years without progress I got frustrated and kind of gave up on fast ...
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Tremolo picking, anchor palm or not?

I'm learning tremolo picking and until now I've been resting my palm just above E string and anchoring with my pinky. I noticed that when picking 2 strings at the same time I also mute the first of ...
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Why is a plectrum banjo played with a guitar pick and not with finger picks?

I have a four string plectrum banjo, which is essentially like a five string banjo but without the short drone string. Why is a plectrum banjo played with a guitar pick and not fingerstyle or with a ...
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Alternate double palm mute picking between notes

Some songs that I really like feature double palm-muted notes (usually open strings or low pitch frets) between lead notes. Those are played by one guitar. Good examples would be: Parkway Drive - ...
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Save Tonight - sounds wrong

I been trying to learn and master my first guitar piece, which is Save Tonight, by Eagle Eye Cherry. The following image what I have done to see the chords easier for myself. This is the youtube link ...
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Bass picking technique

I play the bass in a metal band, so I usually need a pick to get both a more fitting sound and reach the right speed. But I cannot find the right technique to use it and I don't have much precision ...
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Difference in action between pressed and unpressed strings too much?

When pressing an individual string at lower frets on the fret board, I sometimes miss the string with my pick due to its height in relation to the other strings. In other words, I feel like the ...
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How to best play this Los Lonely Boys run?

I'm trying to perfect the run at the end of the solo of "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys which occurs at about 2:13. I think this is how the left hand is played: E|----------------------------------------...
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Is it OK to pick over the neck pickup?

I am experimenting to get a jazz sound on my semi hollow body Ibanez. Of course it involves my hand, the amp and its settings, the pick and the strings. This topic is only about picking. I found ...
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Should I now relearn my picking from mainly alternate to economy?

I was learning (jazz) guitar for 4 years. There was some pause, but now I am back in track and learning again for 6 months. I do some 0.5-1 hours/day scale and pattern practice with a metronome, then ...
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How to train for faster picking speed on guitar?

I've been training on speed picking on major scale as my daily routine, following this Justin Guitar's guide on scale picking for one year since last year June, but until now my G major scale picking ...
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When should you change your pick?

Sometimes when I try to play a solo I feel that I can't pick the notes because the pick is too short, and when I look at it, it is about 0,5mm shorter on the end than a new one. When should you ...
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Guitar Alternate vs. Economy vs. Directional Picking Styles

Paul Gilbert has this simple lick in his Intense Rock 1 video (see video). The notes are: d u d u d u e|----------12-----------| B|-12-13-15----15-13-----| G|-----------------------| D|---...
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Developing good muscle memory and avoiding bad

If I'm practicing say, alternate picking with just my right hand for speed and wrist rotation am I better off just stopping and going on to something else if I'm just not dialed in that day. And for ...
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Speed picking on electric guitar

I have an Ibanez GIO electric guitar and I'm trying to improve my picking technique to play 16th and 32nd notes(alternate picking). I've been playing guitar for 2.5 years. Whenever I try to play ...
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Playing with a pick with less pick-sound

I have two types of guitars, electric and acoustic and have been playing for over a year. How does one learn to or adjust their strum so that there's not so much sound of hitting the strings (as ...
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Why picking direction indicators in music?

In music notation specifically for the guitar, there are often picking symbols meaning to pick up or down. What is the purpose of these picking indicators (sorry, don't know the real term for them)? ...
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Learning Appropriate Finger Picking Styles with Alternating Tunings

I play with alternate tunings on my guitar. I've noticed several things. No matter how I play it, the key of the song will be whatever my tuning is. Open C tuning leads to the song being in the key ...
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Ensuring one's sweep picking is uniform in dynamics?

The problem I am having is when I do say a sweep such as: I find that when I get to the E string (on a random side note there should be the hammer on to the G and pull off to the E on the e string) I ...
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Alternate picking while palm muting

I've been practicing alternate picking and palm muting for a while now, but I have extreme difficulties when combining these two techniques together. My picking hand can't move freely when resting on ...
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problem with guitar intro on ELPs “From the Beginning”

This be a really dumb question, but sometimes there's a problem passage that keeps being a thorn in my side forever. And I do mean forever, because I've probably messed with this song for decades. If ...
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Learning pick and finger-picking at the same time?

I am picking up the guitar again, being now 30 and having played when I was about 9, and I'm a bit confused on what approach I should take while self-learning. I would ideally like to play things ...
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Finger Picking vs. using a Pick on Bass Guitar

Before I played bass I played guitar, so when I started to play bass I naturally used a pick. Eventually I learned how to finger pick and now typically use both picking techniques interchangeably as a ...
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Where along the strings to pick?

How does picking position affect a guitar’s sound? I can make some general observations – the strings are brighter near the bridge, and they can be more percussive near the neck – but I’m not sure how ...
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Right hand technique used in gypsy jazz guitar

I want to learn the right hand technique used by gypsy guitar, especially that of joscho stephan. His arm is perfectly still but the hand is moving so fast, how is he doing that? Any tips on how to ...
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What are the reasons for using strumming and picking patterns?

From what i can tell so far, STRUMMING patterns are for two things, making sure the right beats are accented (because on the up strokes, youre only supposed to hit two strings) and keeping track of ...
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How to improve right hand picking/strumming technique for electric and acoustic guitar?

How can I raise my picking (and strumming) to 16th notes at 160 beats per minute or higher? I have been trying to incorporate more forearm rotational movement into my picking (imagine turning a ...
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Alternate picking vs down picking

When I see professional musicians play their songs on guitar, I see them down picking certain parts where I would prefer to alternate pick. Follow the url below to a riff that I play first using ...
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“Breaking through the wall” with guitar speed and accuracy

I'm really struggling with improving my hand speed in both hands while keeping the accuracy, anyone got anything that really worked for them that they would recommend?
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What is a “flat wrist”?

Bass legend Carol Kaye writes that she uses a "flat wrist" technique when playing bass with a pick. What does she mean by this?
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Is there a “correct” position for the right hand when playing guitar?

Normally when I am playing I support my right hand by putting my pinky finger below the E string, but when I try to play past a certain speed I have difficulty keeping up. I have found a couple sites ...
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Why is it common to hammer-on a second note on the base string of a sweep-picking part, and is there a technique to playing it correctly?

For example, an excerpt from Animals as Leaders' CAFO— Db| 13 12 Ab| 13 13 13 12 13 E | 14 14 14 ...
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Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica

I have been playing Metallica songs (only the rhythm parts) for quite some time. I don't play them at full speed because of the Down picking, but i have been playing and practicing them at 80% speed ...
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Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures

If the time signature is 8/8 or 4/4 and let's say we have 8 eighth notes in a bar the picking should just be down up down up down up, etc. But what happens if we have 7/8? Particularly in the next bar....
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Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good

Long story, and I don't expect magic answers. But I'm always striving to improve and learn, and some of this might elicit good advice. Read if you have the time. I've been playing a long time, well ...
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Making alternate picking palm muting sound like downpicked palm muting

I was told that my alternate picking palm muting should not sound like it does, there should be little difference vs downpicking. What should I practice to remedy this? Here's an example, using ...
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Picking using forearms vs Picking using wrist for palm muting

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 ...
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Good exercise for precision in picking (with pick)?

Can you suggest me exercises for precision in picking? My goal is to pick and sing at the same time and it is hard for me for now because since I'm pretty used to strumming while singing where not ...
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Finding a balance point learning to pick a guitar at a right angle?

I've been playing guitar for ten years or so and have the rather bad habit of striking across the strings diagonally. This is partly due to how I hold the guitar, and partly because I play a lot of ...
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When using strict alternate picking, is it OK to play a downstroke twice in order to start a new phrase on a downstroke?

There are a lot of advocates of absolutely strict alternate picking, like Chris Thile (dead YouTube clip removed). I've been practicing that for a couple of weeks now, and I'm at the point where I can ...