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(@dannz)
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Hey lads,

Had a few questions about strumming back up again (accuracy in particular) and playing one string up and down very quickly.

Both of these things i find extremely hard - I thought perhaps doing it slowly then speeding up to get the feel for it would help, but I've had a no luck. I'm even doubting im holding the pick right because I cant do these things.

The pick sort of.. dig's in if you will. I've tried holding the pick deeper between my fingers but then my accuracy gets worse. I've been playing for .. call it a month.

Any help and advice would be hugely appriecated.

Dann.


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(@musenfreund)
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Welcome to the musical madhouse.

I wonder if you shouldn't relax and not grip the pick so tightly. Digging in might be counter-productive.

Well we all shine on--like the moon and the stars and the sun.
-- John Lennon


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(@dannz)
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Meh, no luck - makes a horrible sound and I miss alot.


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(@scrybe)
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yeah, tension is counterproductive in music and it increases on faster and/or more difficult tasks.

I'd say get a metronome (you can download one for free - if you're on mac, go to apple.com and download the metronome widget), set it really slow and practice with that, slowly building up your speed.

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 lars
(@lars)
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You've been playing a month - I've been playing for ... 240 months, and I'm still struggling with speed and accuracy

Practice, practice and then some more - or just have fun with it (my approach). I doubt there is a shortcut. This is an informative article on picking BTW: http://www.tuckandpatti.com/pick-finger_tech.html

Good luck and welcome

lars

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(@dannz)
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Great, that's exactly what I needed.


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(@dannz)
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So, it's normal to have pretty bad accuracy when strumming up and down?


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(@clideguitar)
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Unless someone else disagrees I say start out with a thin pick, The Nylon Gray Dunlop (.60 MM) last a long time. All others shed pretty quickly.

Bob Jessie


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(@clau20)
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So, it's normal to have pretty bad accuracy when strumming up and down?

Yes, after a month only, it's prettu normal...

I played for about 1 year without taking any lesson.

At my first lesson, my teacher noticed the way I was holding the pick and told me how to hold it "properly", to be more effective.

I tried, but I was very uncomfortable, but I keep trying and now I feel much more comfortable and in control of my strumming. I don't know how I was able to play something holding my pick the way I was doing...

So keep trying to get your strumming "the right way", it'll help you later with faster and more advended stuff

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I thought it was my own
I could feel it in my heartbeat
I could feel it in my bones
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(@dannz)
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Had a few questions about playing one string up and down very quickly.

I've just discovered this is Tremolo picking, which I've just got the hang of :) .


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(@markthechuck)
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my teacher sorted that same thing out for me, try just 1 lesson even if it's just to sort it out, it'll be worthit..

A knock back is the beginning of a comeback!!!


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