Buc McMaster Posted December 27, 2011 Report Share Posted December 27, 2011 The post about "Bone Tone" and the one inquiring about playing left handed guitar got me to thinking about the pick hand side of the guitar playing equation. Over the holidays my father in-law stopped in for a visit.....he's a beginner guitar player himself (at nearly 80 years old!) and he pointed out to me that he felt like he had been playing wrong with the pick. He was just strumming the strings in order, top to bottom, through each chord. He watched me play a bit and was amazed at how a different approach with the pick can make such a huge difference in what one hears from the guitar. A good look at the mechanics of the pick hand shows why this is true..... Strumming, cross picking, hybrid picking, palm muting, pick control and angle of attack, scrapes and scrubs.....so many variables that can be combined in different ways to create different sounds. To those of you that are pick players, how much time and attention do you pay to the back hand? How much importance to you ascribe to that hand and how much of your style do you attribute to this part of your playing? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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