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Re: good picking technique

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Posted by steve kudela ( on February 28, 2003 at 08:02:24:

In Reply to: good picking technique posted by ƒuché on February 26, 2003 at 19:57:05:

: Hi guys,
: I recently started playing my bass with a pick but after a while of playing my wrist gets sore and so does my thumb. When this happens i usually go back to playing fingerstyle which is terrible in the middle of a song in a gig, especially in my band because I have lots of really fast solos.I was wondering if there are any good picking techniques I could use to avoid this or if this is just part of playing with a pick.
: All help is greatly appreciated.
: thanx

Hi pick playing works your arm and wrist in a different manner than playing fingerstyle and its going to take a little time for everything to get used to working that way. continue to work at it a little along and eventually the pain will stop. dont go too far in one sitting though, when it hurts ,there is areason. you are straining your arm. rest awhile and then go back to it. alternate picking is the way. I have been learning to play for 31 years and use a pick 90% of the time and always have. for me , faster and cleaner and i just love that pickstyle tone. it can be altered many ways, where you pick along the string , how you hold it , gauge of the pick ,eq settings ,etc. good luck . steve kudela

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