Strumming with a plectrum.
When doing straight rythm guitar strumming, I tend to relax my fingers a bit more than when I'm playing
power chords or doing slower lead runs.
This is simply just a matter of moving my index finger a little further out than what's shown in the picture
above on how to hold a plectrum.
What it boils down to is that the nail on my index finger is no longer in the path of the strings, so a little
bit more plectrum is exposed. It seems to work better for me then.
Of course holding the plectrum correctly is only half the story, there's all sorts of things like timing and
picking patterns to take into consideration as well.
There's a free series of video guitar lessons covering some of these topics Here.
I'm not sure exactly how long these will be made available so I would sign up for them as soon as
Strumming power chords.
With power chords I pull the plectrum in slightly so my index finger's fingernail can come into contact
with the string first, and then the plectrum.
By simply altering the angle of my picking hand slightly, I can determine how much harmonic content
I want to get out of the chord.
I have noticed after some inspection of exactly what the hell I'm doing, that sometimes I'm actually
using the fleshy part of my thumb as a third contact with the guitar string.
I think my picking technique came from some time back when I was about 14 years old and trying to
imitate the sound of a mosquito on guitar.
I needed to get the highest pitch possible out of my guitar.
How I use a plectrum when playing lead guitar.
This is when a combination of both approaches seems to happen. When I'm playing slowly, the
plectrum is tucked in more so that my fingernail and the plectrum can be used together, but when I
speed up, I have to let go a little, so the plectrum is slightly more extended.
Hey! Maybe it's centrifugal force or something.
Funny thing is - I've only really noticed what it is that I'm doing because I decided to make this website.
After all...... You can't just tell people to hold the plectrum, and best of luck.