Pick grip

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Is it better to hold the pick w/ index-thumb, or the tripod method? I have always used the tripod, and noticed that few others do. Does this inhibit speed and/or accuracy? I also anchor w/ my little finger(no-no, i know).
Any opinions out there? Thank u.

Jack
"Racing turtles, the grapefruit is winning"

#1

Is it better to hold the pick w/ index-thumb, or the tripod method? I have always used the tripod, and noticed that few others do. Does this inhibit speed and/or accuracy? I also anchor w/ my little finger(no-no, i know).
Any opinions out there? Thank u.

Jack
"Racing turtles, the grapefruit is winning"

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Joined: 08/09/01

Posts: 7

The way that you hold the pick doesn't really matter. It does but it doesn't. I know anchoring is bad but so many guitarist do it. As long as you can play fluidly and comfortably it doesn't really matter

#2

The way that you hold the pick doesn't really matter. It does but it doesn't. I know anchoring is bad but so many guitarist do it. As long as you can play fluidly and comfortably it doesn't really matter

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Joined: 08/09/01

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scuse guys...
whats with anchoring???
i usually anchore with my little finger or second little finger... ecept for chord/power chords etc...
y is that bad???


cos if u dont anchore how do u keep ur hand in the right spot?!?!?!
im confused...
l8a dudes...
~ROR!~

#3

scuse guys...
whats with anchoring???
i usually anchore with my little finger or second little finger... ecept for chord/power chords etc...
y is that bad???


cos if u dont anchore how do u keep ur hand in the right spot?!?!?!
im confused...
l8a dudes...
~ROR!~

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Joined: 07/14/01

Posts: 40

Last time, I was figuring out what was the right way to hold the pick.

You wanna' hold the pick it is up to your style but the preference is more to comfortable. Some may hold the pick this way
--
or
/
or
\
with your left hand.

And again depends on what kind of songs or music do you play. Say, lead and rythm is different from the way you control the grip to hold the pick especially when playing lead, you need to find out which is the best position, which is more comfortable and smooth, which is more accurate when picking and less sloppy sound created. And not to forget, your palm that hold the pick must also be flexible and must be in a comfortable position. Comfortable is up to you... less sloppy, less injury, smooth and easy for you pick to move from string to string.

[Edited by emmanuel79 on 08-09-2001 at 10:53 AM]
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#4

Last time, I was figuring out what was the right way to hold the pick.

You wanna' hold the pick it is up to your style but the preference is more to comfortable. Some may hold the pick this way
--
or
/
or
\
with your left hand.

And again depends on what kind of songs or music do you play. Say, lead and rythm is different from the way you control the grip to hold the pick especially when playing lead, you need to find out which is the best position, which is more comfortable and smooth, which is more accurate when picking and less sloppy sound created. And not to forget, your palm that hold the pick must also be flexible and must be in a comfortable position. Comfortable is up to you... less sloppy, less injury, smooth and easy for you pick to move from string to string.

[Edited by emmanuel79 on 08-09-2001 at 10:53 AM]
*Aliens Understand Music*

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Joined: 03/31/01

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what ever feels comfy man.
While I'm sat here, Playin', I'm tryin' to free my mind!

#5

what ever feels comfy man.
While I'm sat here, Playin', I'm tryin' to free my mind!

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Joined: 04/12/01

Posts: 443

Thro the years all the guitatest that i've seen useing,
a Anchoring style with pinky or little finger with the right,hand were finger style guitarests.


Mark
yours truly Mark Toman

#6

Thro the years all the guitatest that i've seen useing,
a Anchoring style with pinky or little finger with the right,hand were finger style guitarests.


Mark
yours truly Mark Toman

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Joined: 09/29/00

Posts: 274

I think it depends on your own personal preference. Personally I hold mine with the thumb and first finger and don't anchor anywhere and I hold the pick sideways and use the edge instead of the tip. It changes constantly depending on the song and the dynamics you're using though. Same thing with the pick; if I'm strumming I'll switch to a lighter, large pick but if I'm playing fast leads I use a small hard one.
Hey you kids! Get outta that Jello tree!! Mad

#7

I think it depends on your own personal preference. Personally I hold mine with the thumb and first finger and don't anchor anywhere and I hold the pick sideways and use the edge instead of the tip. It changes constantly depending on the song and the dynamics you're using though. Same thing with the pick; if I'm strumming I'll switch to a lighter, large pick but if I'm playing fast leads I use a small hard one.
Hey you kids! Get outta that Jello tree!! Mad

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Joined: 03/31/01

Posts: 168

When playing I use the pick between the first and secon finger and pick with the 3rd, 4th and 5th as and when needed ( hybrid picking I thinks called )but do at time anchor. if anyones interested. It annoys a guitarist I play with becaiuse he is a shredder and hates my style, but it works for me.
While I'm sat here, Playin', I'm tryin' to free my mind!

#8

When playing I use the pick between the first and secon finger and pick with the 3rd, 4th and 5th as and when needed ( hybrid picking I thinks called )but do at time anchor. if anyones interested. It annoys a guitarist I play with becaiuse he is a shredder and hates my style, but it works for me.
While I'm sat here, Playin', I'm tryin' to free my mind!

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Joined: 08/05/01

Posts: 195

[quote]Is it better to hold the pick w/ index-thumb, or the tripod method?[/quote]

i use both. i use the index finger for pucking and the tripod for struming as it is quite flexable and easy to get a catchy rythem going. i also use my 4th figer to hord the pick often as many of the song i write require changes from pick/finger-stlye. because of this i have developed a stly using only 3 fingers instead of the usual 4. if anyone wan't to learn this techneqe, e-mail me. its great for any style that neads fast, fluent changes.

#9

[quote]Is it better to hold the pick w/ index-thumb, or the tripod method?[/quote]

i use both. i use the index finger for pucking and the tripod for struming as it is quite flexable and easy to get a catchy rythem going. i also use my 4th figer to hord the pick often as many of the song i write require changes from pick/finger-stlye. because of this i have developed a stly using only 3 fingers instead of the usual 4. if anyone wan't to learn this techneqe, e-mail me. its great for any style that neads fast, fluent changes.

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Joined: 04/12/01

Posts: 443

Some what like Fenderblues
I have alwasy used the thumb and index finger plus 2sd
finger to hold the pick then when doing finger,
picking i use 3sd 4th=pinky for hybrid picking double,
stops plus octave styles ect.
When i started out i was alwasy holding the pick to,
relaxed or loosely so i was alwasy droping my pick alot,
so i developed this style and it works great for me.
I found out later that a lot of great guitarests used this,
style.Also played with some great finger style,
guitarests that said they wished they had of delveloped this,style along with thier thumb picking styles.

Mark




[Edited by skee1 on 08-30-2001 at 09:14 AM]
yours truly Mark Toman

#10

Some what like Fenderblues
I have alwasy used the thumb and index finger plus 2sd
finger to hold the pick then when doing finger,
picking i use 3sd 4th=pinky for hybrid picking double,
stops plus octave styles ect.
When i started out i was alwasy holding the pick to,
relaxed or loosely so i was alwasy droping my pick alot,
so i developed this style and it works great for me.
I found out later that a lot of great guitarests used this,
style.Also played with some great finger style,
guitarests that said they wished they had of delveloped this,style along with thier thumb picking styles.

Mark




[Edited by skee1 on 08-30-2001 at 09:14 AM]
yours truly Mark Toman