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EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 10:35 | Quote
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i need some help here with alternate picking. only been playing for 1 month lol, and every1 is like "it will come..." is there any special technique or somthin how i could pick easier and faster or will it come with practice?
GuitarBoy666  
10 Feb 2008 10:39 | Quote
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Like everyone says on this site about a question similar to this:

Start off slow and easy. Don't try to get into picking sweeps or any of that. Just practice slower on one string going up and down on the frets.
Go here:

http://www.all-guitar-chords.com/lesson.php?id=21

They are finger workouts and they will help your fingers too, try alternate picking on them too. I'd advise you to just try the first one for a while though until you are comfortable.

Good luck.
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 10:44 | Quote
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ye lol ive been doing those a lot lately nd theyve helped...a bit lol. i guess i just expect everything 2 come the second i pick the guitar up....
telecrater  
10 Feb 2008 10:52 | Quote
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it is very important to learn do do this when your beginning. It is easer to learn to do it right when your leaning that to try and reteach yourself after you learned to play. I had to do this i was always a down stroke guy. it took me about a year to reprogram my brain and hands to do the alt pick.
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 10:55 | Quote
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my pick kinda gets stuck in the string when i go faster..any way 2 make it more pure, like a pick position maybe?
Doz  
10 Feb 2008 11:38 | Quote
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You may need to tilt your plectrum as you hit the string slightly so it slides over and is more fluent.
GuitarBoy666  
10 Feb 2008 12:11 | Quote
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telecrater says:
it is very important to learn do do this when your beginning. It is easer to learn to do it right when your leaning that to try and reteach yourself after you learned to play. I had to do this i was always a down stroke guy. it took me about a year to reprogram my brain and hands to do the alt pick.

Yeah me too, I still have kind of a problem with too much down-stroking and I hate it.


Also, harder picks can give you a whole different feel for the guitar. And a sound too. I use .73 - .88 mm usually. And I use Dunlop Jazz III picks especially for speed picking.
goodtunes  
10 Feb 2008 12:30 | Quote
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what are a few bad habits yall picked up that you wish you would not have so maybe the new beginners can avoid them. i have a prob with how i hold my left hand. mostly where i put my thumb. if i try to be like the picture in the book it is pretty uncomfortable.
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 12:41 | Quote
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o.. i was using a medium pick ill go out nd buy a harder 1, and of yes..practice...
telecrater  
10 Feb 2008 12:45 | Quote
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well again when you but your thumb on the back of the neck it forces your hand up over the fret board and gives you leverage. but yeah that is another bad habit of mine. when you play standing up, your guitar has to be strapped up higher not like the "cool guys" play them. lol
goodtunes  
10 Feb 2008 13:15 | Quote
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this is the technique i prefer.
goodtunes  
10 Feb 2008 13:15 | Quote
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whoops hes suppose to move a little. aw well
GuitarBoy666  
10 Feb 2008 15:06 | Quote
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I love that technique it rocks !! lol

Um bad habits, okay lets see.

Instead of holding the pick with the "ball" of my thumb, I hold it with the tips of both fingers.

When speed picking I use three fingers on the pick, I find it comfortable and I have more control though.

I use too many downstrokes, I am improving on that though, as I said to Telecrater before.

That's all I can think of right now. Try to avoid them.
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 15:26 | Quote
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like ur icon goodtunes lol...the pick placement is what did it. i went from not doing alternate picking to kinda doing it..and im using my sisters shell from her shell collection, its flat and it works, thnks 4 ur help guys
GuitarBoy666  
10 Feb 2008 15:46 | Quote
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Lmfao stop going through your sister's stuff !
PERVE !!
lmfao
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 16:13 | Quote
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lol shes 9...or 10 i forget
Doz  
10 Feb 2008 17:11 | Quote
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Even worse...!
GuitarBoy666  
10 Feb 2008 18:27 | Quote
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Aww yuck !
Lmfao
Pedophile XD
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 18:48 | Quote
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lol im not a perve!!! just som 1 who goes through undies n stuff.. lol jk man..
telecrater  
10 Feb 2008 19:25 | Quote
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eww, this is getting bad

to get back to the question about bod habbits.

when i started playing these are the bad habits i developed.

1. I strummed chords with up and down strokes but when i picked notes they were always down strokes.

2. I played with my thumb on my fretting hand near the e string

3. I played sloppy, and still do. this is bad when you need to be more precise on what your playing. but usualy i am able to pull it off because it sorta comes across as being more "emotional" but in reality it has become part of my style. just another sloppy guitar player.

because of this I'll never be able to play like snatch or vai or any of those real technical guys.
EMB5490  
10 Feb 2008 19:31 | Quote
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lol ty 4 gettn this back to the topic, tnx 4 the suggestions and i do kinda play with my fingers more often which prob made me bad at speed picking
GuitarBoy666  
11 Feb 2008 13:47 | Quote
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EMB5490 says:
lol im not a perve!!! just som 1 who goes through undies n stuff.. lol jk man..


LMFAO !!! Weak !! haaha omg that made my day lol and my day was crappy for a bit, even thought we had no school.

Yeah anyways, telecrater can be a grunger then cause grungers play sorta sloppy. I do too kinda but I also know I will never be a Vai or Vaughan or Slash
EMB5490  
11 Feb 2008 13:51 | Quote
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im not trying 2 be a guitar god i jus wana be good enough 2 make my friends jelous jk i wana be able 2 play anything possible or almost anything and be able 2 play it ok..not perfect like vai or slash or hendrix
GuitarBoy666  
11 Feb 2008 14:52 | Quote
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I just wanna be able to impress the chicks
Notim  
11 Feb 2008 15:29 | Quote
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Gee bad habits...holy shit I have so many...lOl.On the guitar...lol I guess not strickly and I mean strickly learning alternet picking first because i tend to hammer and pull off more than i want to!take the time no matter how long it takes you,get very good at it,and guitarboy dude I dont think any of us can help ya with that....LMAO,I'm jokin with ya ,you know that
EMB5490  
11 Feb 2008 16:14 | Quote
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who said my firends have 2 be guys?
also seems like i should learn alternate pick asap tnx
GuitarBoy666  
11 Feb 2008 17:06 | Quote
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I do a lot of HO's and PO's too, that probably could count as a bad habit. I love doing pinch harmonics too but I tend to drop the pick a lot when i am playing. I am just like *strum strum strum *pick flies out of hand and hits me in the eye* Goddamn.* Lol

Aha nah I'm good, I do that anyways cause I sent some of my stuff and chicks were like woah. So yeah XD
EMB5490  
11 Feb 2008 17:19 | Quote
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lol this is completely off topic but when i was playn my sheity trombone in band on day in the middle of concert the baton flyes out of his hand and hits a flute player lol

the more i just practice the motion and simple notes on alternate picking the better it is. the way i hold it realy tends to alter how i play. i have a band habit of letting too much of the pick show so it gets caught a lot
GuitarBoy666  
11 Feb 2008 18:16 | Quote
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Lmfao that would be cool
If you use a regular size Dunlop pick, when you strum it's good to have more out because your finger won't be scraped off the strings. When you aren't strumming, keep as little of the pick showing as possible.
EMB5490  
11 Feb 2008 19:42 | Quote
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ahh i belive i was doing the opposite...still need 2 get tht pick. wut kind should would best suit me? i got a medium nd it bends 2 much, would i get hard or xtra hard?
KicknGuitar  
17 Feb 2008 02:50 | Quote
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If you really don't like it bending (I enjoy a little bend once in a while), go for 80+mm
I used something in the 70s for a while, but moved up to 80's and I am currently using Jazz II picks (1.something mm) very small, but I wouldn't advise buying those for starting out with alternate picking.
I love Dunlop's picks, and for a few years, have been playing with nothing but.

As far as alternate picking goes, play it clean, play it fast, don't play like a jackass.
Sorry I can't help, ever since I can remember I played with alternate picking, so it's quite natural.
GuitarBoy666  
17 Feb 2008 11:07 | Quote
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Yes, KicknGuitar is right. Use 80mm+ picks. They don't bend as much. Try 1mm too. Um, he is also right when he says do not try Jazz picks just starting out. Wait til you have experience. They are nice picks though and are great for Alternate picking... But not right now
EMB5490  
19 Feb 2008 14:03 | Quote
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i h8 wen the pick bend s so ill try tht tnx


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