Another strumming/pick question (sorry!)
Hey ya'll! I am looking for maybe a little advice or some tips on strumming with a pick. My problem is that I cant seem to smoothly (key word being smoothly!) strum songs. I tend to get the pick caught on a string on an upstroke, or strum at uneven loudness, or hit one string harder, or the pick gets out of position in my hand (usually as a result of the aforementioned problems).
The odd thing is that I can strum quite smoothly if I just use the side of my thumb (that little bony bump part). I feel like this problem is really starting to hold me back because my left hand can keep up no problem, and if I could get my right hand up to par with strumming, I could really be playing a lot of songs sooooo much better than I am now.
Just getting a little frustrated lately as I can usually find my problem and start to correct it, but I am really stumped with this one. Thanks for any help with this folks!
I think a big factor here is to RELAX. Yep, relax. :)
For me, it's only now, after nearly 18 months of playing, that my strumming is becoming a lot smoother and as such I can put more feeling into the song. And I put this down mostly to me relaxing.
Also, don't be too concerned if you miss a string or such; if you're maintaining good rhythm and you are feeling the song then it'll simply give the song some character.
Good luck. :)
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Thanks Bennett. I guess being really relaxed is easier said than done. I found that holding the guitar not at a slant helped a bit too. I will keep on working on that. :)
Don't worry it's all about the P word practice. That's a very normal situation to go through and it may take a while to get your strumming smooth. Just keep at it and when you think you have it down practice it some more.
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Try doing it really slow, you might see something that you are doing wrong. I know when I slow things down I can find problems with my picking hand sometimes.
AK, thats how I figured out that I keep getting the pick caught on some of the strings, which causes it to kind of spring off of one string, and strike others harder. I guess now its just getting that corrected. :)
try using a really soft pick...it helped me through the first few weeks as the pick offsets your rigidity a little...once your up to speed then go back to the harder pick......even the best players use different picks for strumming and you get different sounds from different picks picks too....buy a selection and get practicing.....keep at it :lol:
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Are you strumming with a really wide motion, maybe with your arm and not your wrist???? Just thinking that could be the problem.
Well, my arm moves a little (mostly when I going from strumming down to strumming up), but I think most of the strumming comes from my wrist.
I see videos of people playing sometimes, and it seems like their arm is completely stationary and attached to the guitar almost. I cant see how they get a range of motion wide enough to even hit all the strings that way though.
Are you holding the pick flat or at an angle??
Sorry about not replying AK!! I didn't see this post, and I just now was re-reading it and noticed yours!! Anyway, I hold the pick at a slight angle, because if I hold it at a large angle, its harder to go from a downstroke to an upstroke. Should it be more flat? I thought it was more of a preference as different angles will give slightly different sounds.
try using a thin pick at a slight angle.