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Tremelo picking


(@fleaaaaaa)
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Just wondering if anyone can give me tips on how to tremelo pick, some people also strum in a tremelo style (stevie ray vaughan comes to mind) I just dont get how you move your hand that fast!

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1. Keep your motions as short as possible
2. Lock your wrist; tremolo picking uses the larger muscles of the arm
3. It can be helpful to angle your pick

I discussed these in more detail in the "speed secrets" series that's appearing in the newsletter/blog

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(@fleaaaaaa)
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Lock your wrist? Is there a special key for that? Can you explain it?

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He means keep it from turning or twisting (as if you couldn't use your wrist) and pick from the wrist, hence the term "locking" your wrist.

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(@fleaaaaaa)
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Ahh so it is all from the arm? Doesnt that feel like you are kinda dragging your plectrum? Just thinkin of the resistance of string to the plectrum. I will try this later, I did not know it was right to move just from the arm.

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I angle the pick so instead of the pick being parallel to the string, it's sort of angled so that the curved part hits the string. In other words, I turn my wrist down a bit so the pick "rolls" over the string, instead of cutting through it.

Hmmm...reading that back it still may be a bit confusing. :?


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(@fleaaaaaa)
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Perhaps a video on it? If anyone has the time.

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Perhaps a video on it? If anyone has the time.

Here you go - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjyBNmqWnN0

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHQkMUjBxq8&feature=related

and

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgO-TDGpPCY&feature=related

Maybe its just me...but I find these vids quite hilarious... (useful nonetheless).

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(@fleaaaaaa)
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Was the first guy right about tensing up?

Also...... I get how you can do it on one string but how do people like SRV do it across all the strings?

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Start practicing with one string tremolo and gradually expand it to include more strings. As alwasy the answer is... (fill in the blank)

Ps. You don´t want to "tense up" too much, just a little bit to get that short "vibrating" motion in your arm/wrist. Ds.

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(@fleaaaaaa)
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Okay I get you, I need to practice, but I get how it can work on one string - I can sort of do that (probably not the fastest tremelo player ever) but when it comes to more than one string.....it all kind of catches and it doesn't sound like strumming nor does it sound nice and my main goal is to be able to the kind of fast strumming that SRV does on "Dirty pool" or John Fruciant does on "Give it away". Any tips on how to make the tremelo picking work on more than one string?

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use a stubby pick. it works great for tremelo. i used to be terrible at it but then i started using a dunlop stubby (thick)


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