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Questions about plat picking


(@tartarus)
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Joined: 9 years ago
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Hi everyone! I use a pick all the time and I have a couple questions.
First is about the noise when the pick is rubbing the strings. When strumming chords that sound can bring some special feelings and I think it's quite nice. But when picking single notes the noise is disturbing. Maybe not a problem hearing from a distance but gets bad when I try to record. I wonder if it's my way of picking causing the problem.
Second, when I pick a chord, using a pick, the last note I pick in that chord some times gives me trouble. Say I pick an F chord, and the last note is D string third fret, if I pick that note and release my fingers to go to the next chord, then there would be a noise, just like a bad pull off from releasing finger. This gets worse on the top two strings...
Don't know if I made the questions clear, but thanks for any answers!


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(@alangreen)
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First question - Experiment with your pick angle - when I use a pick it's held parallel to the direction of the strings and I try to pick at 90 degrees to the direction of the string parallel to the soundboard.

Second question - move the fingers off the string vertically, that should help reduce the noise.

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(@tartarus)
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Joined: 9 years ago
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Thanks. But still I found if I release the string while it's vibrating, it always makes the noise...


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(@tinsmith)
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I hold it like a 45 degree angle & kinda of "slice" the strings......for what it's worth.....


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