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ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"The critical structure here is understanding the difference Between FORUM, GROUPS, and BLOGS (again see the navigation block). The FORUM contains DISCUSSIONS, usually of a general nature, e.g., "What brand of strings do you use?" that do…"
Sep 10, 2011
ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"David, the email you get is a blind routing from Flatpicking Guitar Network for a message that I placed in your mailbox here (top right of page, just below the navigation block). The email is a convenience so that you can see the message without…"
Sep 10, 2011
David Rathgeber commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Ganon,   I received your email direct to my personal email and was in the process of replying when I noticed it came from a do-not-reply address.  The only way I know you will get this is to go back to an earlier posting, open the…"
Sep 10, 2011
ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"You can see an example of attached files in this discussion: http://flatpick.ning.com/group/beginningearlearners/forum/topics/grangers-fiddle-tunes-for These are mp3 sound files, but videos work the same way (watch out for size limitations)."
Sep 9, 2011
ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Dave, videos can be loaded either by navigating to 'videos' in the navigation block at the top right of each page. Once you get there, just click the ADD+ button which is right below the navigation block. These become part of the…"
Sep 9, 2011
Scott Fore commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"David, I'm not sure where these posts go either.  As far as the video goes, I don't know about attaching it to these posts; however, you can send it to me directly at  theflatpickking@yahoo.com Alternately, you could use Dropbox…"
Sep 9, 2011
David Rathgeber commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Scott,   First of all, I don't understand where these posts go.  I thought they were on the beginners forum, but I see only my first post is there.  My latest posts have been replies to you on this site wherever it is. …"
Sep 9, 2011
David Rathgeber commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Scott,   First of all, I don't understand where these posts go.  I thought they were on the beginners forum, but I see only my first post is there.  My latest posts have been replies to you on this site wherever it is. …"
Sep 9, 2011
Scott Fore commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"David,   How you sit, hold the guitar, size of your guitar, etc., makes a difference; however, there is no "one size fits all" prescription.  As I've stated previously, everyone's anatomy and its relationship to the…"
Sep 9, 2011
David Rathgeber commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Scott, Ganon,   I decided to go back to basics - before picking up the guitar - and look at my posture!  I have been in the habit of sitting on the sofa which is fairly soft.  I looked at a Scott video and see that you cross your…"
Sep 9, 2011
ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Thanks Scott! I think I understand now."
Sep 9, 2011
Scott Fore commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"It is difficult to describe the technique with words.  The video does help.  I think the main thing is to have your arm and hand in a relaxed position on the guitar and strings.  If you do that the angle tends to happen naturally and…"
Sep 8, 2011
ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"ps ~ I know the answer, it is quite obvious (to me) if you look at the close up of Scott's picking in the  video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vDOQ1ULTJc from ~2:00 to 2:08.   Forget about pitch and yaw - don't fixate on 45…"
Sep 8, 2011
Scott Fore commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"The angle is 45 - 50 degrees (what you describe as 20 degrees).  The conventional rest stroke is fine; however, it can hamper your speed.  Tony does use a similar approach, as do Roy Buchanan, Al DiMeola, etc.  They sometimes call it…"
Sep 8, 2011
Scott Fore commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"If you look at the string as a vertical plane, the angle of the pick to that plane is 45 degrees or so.  With my technique, there is an instant where the pick contacts the string before slicing or pushing/pulling through the string.  This…"
Sep 8, 2011
ganon commented on David Rathgeber's blog post Holding the pick
"Scott,   Sorry to jump in again, but I am confused. Do you mean that the pick angle to the top of the guitar is 45 degrees (pretty much like a 'standard' rest stroke), i.e., close to the angle that you are pushing down into the top of…"
Sep 8, 2011

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Holding the pick

Holding the pick has to be the most fundamental starting point after taking the pick out of the box and tuning up. (If you store your pick by threading it between the strings, be sure to remove it before tuning up).

I have spent the last few weeks struggling with picks that keep twisting as I am playing, which makes it difficult to play with confidence.

Fortunately (maybe) I came across an instructional video by Scott Fore on blessi.com.  Along with this there is a video of…

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