Re: Picking Technique


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Posted by paige on December 12, 2000 at 14:04:57:

In Reply to: Picking Technique posted by Deman on December 11, 2000 at 21:18:31:

: Okay...sorry about the double questions...but that's the way it happened in my mind.
: I've seen these threads going all the way across my screen about whether to use a pick or fingers, and the general census seems to be "learn both!" So I have. Somwhat. But I have a problem. When I play fingerstyle, say, on the D, I can mute the E and A with my right hand...sort of climbing up(away) the strings as I go higher. When I play with a pick, I can't mute these strings, and they end up ringing. I usually try to use my palm to mute them, but i was told that this wasn't really very good technique. What is? how do I pick without ringing and without palm muting? Help!

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I use the meaty part of my hand underneath the thumb to mute the strings. Also you may wish to place a piece of acoustic foam under the strings directly in front of the bridge. The foam should be just thick enough to very slightly squeeze against the strings. It not only cuts the sustain, but it will also cut out those annoying overtones you sometimes get. Another option is to get a cloth ponytail holder and put it on your neck around the first fret ala Victor Wooten. That also helps.
You may wish to go to Carol Kayes website (carolkaye.com) and aske her on her message board about picking technique. I would consider her a definite (if not THE definite) authority on this topic.
Hope that helps.
Paige


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