Picking Angles, Edges and Variations

by Taura Eruera

Being aware of the angle that the face of your pick travels through the stroke path is helpful.

Real helpful.

The face of your pick should be perpendicular to the face of your guitar through the stroke whether down or up.

Your pick should be firmly held in your grip like a needle is held in the arm of a record player.

Firm. And at a consistent angle. In this case, perpendicular.

This is what we mean by the angle of the pick face.

Meanwhile ...

The front edge of your pick

Leads the downstroke by coming into contact with the string first (because the back edge of the pick is at a 15 degree angle from the string) while the ...

The back edge of your pick

Leads the upstroke by coming into contact with the string first (because the front edge of the pick is at a 15 degree angle from the string).

The angle and edges of yoru pick are relatively consistent.

The pick grip is variable

While the default position is joint one of the thumb in line with joint one of the first finger, things happen when you play.

Either the thumb stays in position while the finger moves.

Or the finger stays in position while the thumb moves.

Or they both move.

Sometimes they move simply because you have relaxed your grip.

Other times they move because you didn't need all your power in a partilar stroke or series of strokes.

There can be any number of reasons why your pick grip will vary.

The solution is simple

Either leave the varied grip as it is.

Or return to your default power pick grip.

 

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