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3.6 Holding Your Guitar Pick

Now you are relaxed and have a comfortable posture, Andy will show you how to hold a pick (in the classic/traditional way).

Here are the essential steps: Open your picking hand and turn the palm to face you. Close your hand to make a very loose fist. Your thumb should remain behind your index finger.

Rotate your hand until you are looking at its profile, with your thumb’s knuckle facing you. Now strike the string with the flat, pointy part of the pick.


Make sure you do not hold the pick too loosely or too tightly and, when you feel confident, you can undertake a simple exercise that Andy believes will “shortcut” your way to being able to operate your pick.


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