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Posted by Carol Kaye on January 11, 2000 at 22:23:53:

In Reply to: Question for Carol Kaye posted by Alun on January 03, 19100 at 04:39:34:

: I play an Aria Pro 2 (passive) and the musical style is heavy rock. I have to use a pick to obtain the hard attack as a lot of the music is with distortion. Playing this with fingers (I can play both ways) gives you pure MUD!!!

: I read your detail on felt picks.......can you supply any more info or advice please. Thanks
Only use a HARD pick, they give the sounds you're looking for. And learn to play with the beat....down on the down-beats and up on the upbeats. You need to lay your right wrist down on the strings (almost), not like guitar players (turned to one side and playing from the arm), play from the wrist, it's easy to get in this good habit and you've got tons of power then, easily. You didn't say anything about the kind of strings (should be flatwounds with a pick) or the amp....take off some of the bottom end maybe if it sounds like mud, and give it some more mid-range but never too many highs, you don't want a "click" sound. Remember to pick from the wrist, never your arm (not much, may be a little from the arm but the wrist is the main movement) and anchor the bottom of your thumb muscle on the string below the one you're playing -- lifting off when playing on the E string. Remember to practice on easy patterns at first to get the feel of the downbeat pickstrokes on the downbeat (pat your left foot, both the foot and right wrist go up and down together), at slow tempos at first -- see pictures on my Playing Tips Page at my website:

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