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A rare update – Picking
May 30, 2012

I know I haven’t done anything in a while, I’m currently between flats and my computer is mothballed!

I was reading some tips on how to hold and play with a pick today. I’m not sure I agreed with very much of what I read. I have a slightly odd way of holding a pick which I show my students as an example of a different way of playing. What I do try and insist on, is not the way the flatpick is held, but rather not bunching up the remaining fingers. This tends to lead to the whole forearm being tense, and your playing sufferes.

I read this morning  also about playing from the elbow. I don’t think I know anyone who can really make this work, the best guitar players work from the wrist, and the elbow is used to adjustments. Basics also seemed to include not hitting on an upstroke. Nonsense! Maybe for the very first time you strum a guitar, but you’re not going to get much better playing like that. If your teacher has you doing these things you’re not playing to your full potential.

Hopefully I can update again this week.

/harry