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This lesson is in standard tuning (EADGBE) and has not been pitch altered!

The guitar pick, or plectrum, might seem like a simple tool, but its influence on your playing style and sound is undeniable. Mastering the art of holding it can drastically improve your technique.

Why the Correct Grip Matters:

Holding the pick correctly ensures:

  • Clearer strumming and picking
  • Greater control over dynamics
  • Reduced hand fatigue during prolonged sessions

Steps to Properly Hold a Guitar Pick:

  1. Relaxed Hand: Start with your hand in a relaxed position, as if you were about to shake someones hand.
  2. Position the Pick: Place the pick on the index finger’s side, with its pointy end facing away from the fingertip.
  3. Secure with Thumb: Gently secure the pick by resting your thumb on top of it. The pointed end should protrude slightly from the side of the thumb.

Tips for Mastery:

  • The grip should be firm yet relaxed. Over-gripping can affect playability.
  • Adjust the amount of pick exposed to find what’s comfortable for your playing style.
  • Experiment with different pick thicknesses to see what suits you best.

Mastering the art of the pick is a game-changer in the world of guitar playing. For more insights, tips, and lessons, delve into our library or embark on our Beginner’s Guitar Course.

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This lesson is from the Pick Up The Guitar: Beginners course at Simply Guitar

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