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  • Pebberbrown Youtube, where to start?DateSat Dec 29, 2012 11:56 am

    I personally like to wake up and put on Module 1 Practical. But the question is, how bad do you suck? :)

  • Question Regarding OrganizationDateTue Oct 04, 2011 1:14 pm

    I have constructed a binder full of notes and print-outs and i'd like to order it in a linear way so I can see what I have worked on and what it should build up to.

    My question is this: would it be make more sense to have picking technique in front of fret hand technique? One could argue that both are equally important because one directly effects the other.

    This isn't really a yes or no question, just your two cents.

    This also isn't in regards to my practice routine, merely just a binder i'm working on that represents what's established and whats to come.


  • Thumb Pick QuestionDateMon Aug 22, 2011 11:49 pm

    I have been practicing scalpel picking alot for the past few months now with a normal pick on electric and acoustic guitar. However I am becoming increasingly interested in classical guitar and wonder if it would be easier from switching between the two styles by learning to scalpel pick the same as now but with a thumb pick. Would it be possible to move the thumb joint in the same manner, or am I better off just using a normal pick?

  • Improving My Scalpel Picking GripDateSat Jul 16, 2011 6:05 pm

    First of all i'd like to say that my scapel picking grip has improved 100% since I have practice this for a month straight, 12 hours a day.
    The pick is no longer slipping and my hand is becoming extremely comfortable with scalpel and sarod. I am still practicing this for a couple months more AT LEAST, but I can say I am happy with the results so far.

    Thanks for everyone's input. And thanks for replying on my thread, Pebber. That was pretty cool, regardless of the smackdown that has become of it, lol.

    The trick is exactly what someone said on this thread, DON'T OVER THINK IT. Okay, back to practicing!

  • Improving My Scalpel Picking GripDateThu Jun 02, 2011 9:07 pm

    ^^^^^^ Just trying to make sure i'm on the right track. I want to correct bad technique ASAP, you know? But of course I understand my grip shouldn't be over-analyzed, as everyone is a little different.

  • Improving My Scalpel Picking GripDateTue May 31, 2011 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the thorough response. I feel it might be hard to convey how exactly I hold as not only am I a lefty, but I also have Randy Rhoads size hands, but let me take a try.

    I find it most comfortable to have the pick towards the middle of the thumbs pad, and also the middle of the last bone of my finger, exactly where a pencil would rest on my hand. Angle-wise I pick at an 11 o'clock (using clock theory, haha) angle, which would be 1 o'clock if I was a right handed person. My hand is also floating but not too high I try to keep it as close as possible while still floating.

    String noise hasn't been so much of a problem on the thicker strings. Its the 1st (E) and 2nd (B) that I notice unwanted string noise, but I ask people how it sounds and they say it doesn't sound much different than normal picking noise. To me it's annoying as hell, but it's getting better everyday. It's not to the extent of the string noise youd get holding it at a 3 to 4 o'clock (or for a lefty 9 to 10 o' clock) but it still is something that can bother me quite a bit.

    Well, back to practicing!

  • Improving My Scalpel Picking GripDateMon May 30, 2011 5:41 pm

    Forgot to mention, the picks I use currently are the Dava jazz pick's, I have the medium and small. Lately I switch around to see which I can get a better grip with, which at the moment are the medium's.

  • Improving My Scalpel Picking GripDateMon May 30, 2011 4:36 pm

    Hey everybody.

    I'm having a bit of a problem practicing scalpel picking for long, uninterrupted periods of time. It seems that I constantly have to re-grip the pick, especially when my hands start to sweat.

    Should I let my thumb's pad hang more over the pick for a tighter grip? Or perhaps maybe more towards the front of the thumbs pad? When I grip the pick with the front pad of the thumb it seems that I lose grip quite fast.


    *I can take a video as well if it would help*

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