Hello every1. As you can see I'm totally new here (although I used to read some threads here, from time to time). I promised myself I would never, ever sign up on any guitar forum, cause I am already wasting more than enough time on the net, and also I don't feel like I have anything to say, as I am still a rookie GP. However, this thing has been bothering me for the last couple weeks so I finally decided to ask you guys, before I go nuts.
Now, It's been almost 2 years, since I got my first electric (with about 3 years of playing ****ty classical guitar prior to that), and about 7 months ago I started really working on alternate picking (mainly focusing on "the 5 picking mechanics" from T. Stetina's book, which I admire, btw). I have managed to overcome a lot of problems by myself (holding the pick, not angling it by 45 degrees, stressing arms and fingers, and so on...). Just one thing remains untamed.
I've watched dozens of instructional videos, read tons of stuff on the net, but nobody seems to mention the angle of the pick against the BODY OF THE GUITAR. When I started, I had problems with going to the higher string with a downstroke(inside picking, I guess), so I started to hold the pick leaning to the floor a little, so it was easier, now I see it doesn't help when I'm working on consistant alternate picking motion on a single string (apparently upstrokes seem harder).
So, I want to ask some experienced players (preferably shredders
), should I hold the pick exactly perpendicular to the body, and work on inside picking till it feels natural that way? Do you know if guys like P.Gilbert hold it like that?
Sorry if that kind of question did appear here, but I really searched everywhere. Anyway, I'd be most greatful to hear some advice(but please not something like "use whatever is comfortable" lol).