How do you pick? and how do you move from one string to another?
I know this sounds like the stupidest question one could possibly ask, I'm talking about how you come into contact with the string and what you do with it, and how you switch from string to string.
The first option is to move the tip of the pick from point A to point B, with the string being between those points, and the pick doesn't slow down when it touches the string, It just moves from point A to point B in one swift motion. Ideally, the two points are very close to each side of the string, of course.
The second option is more of a 'prepared' stroke. The pick doesn't actually begin to pick the string until it comes into contact with the string. The pick meets the string, your brain realizes that it has come into contact with the string, plucks it, and is then OUT OF CONTROL!!11! and your brain freaks out.
The third option is to make point A and B precisely on each side of the string. The string is never in air, it just flips from one side of the string to the other.
I basically play with the second option, where I have to touch the string, recognize that I have touched the string, make the picking motion, and then attempt to regain control of my pick once it flies off the string.
One thing to note about the first method: you don't actually need a guitar to do it! haha If the pick is simply moving from point A to B, and that is its job, then it doesn't really matter if a string is there or not, you are still making a 'stroke'. With the second and third method, you have to have a string to touch.
So I was wondering if anyone else can add some insight to this, or if they agree that the first method is preferable?
Onto moving from string to string, when you have to play something like this:
whether you are inside picking or outside picking, you have to pick, move out of the strings, move to the next string, move back into the plane of the strings, pick again, move back out of the strings, move back to the previous string, move back into the plane of the strings, and repeat. There is no way to economy pick it, or angle your picking, because you have to move in and out of the plane for every note, RIGHT?
I made another drawing, of when you play over all six strings, and when you play one note per string on two strings. As you can see, you have to move in and out of the plane of the strings for every note, slowing down your pickg considerably. Even Paul Gilbert seems to have a speed limit of about 12-13 nps with phrases like this, which is just about how many times one can possibly make a knocking on a door motion with one's wrist, so I think that he is actually moving in and out of the plane with every pick. Am I correct on this?
I have found other ways to use my muscles to either make arcs, or double the frequency of my in out motion, or use hybrid picking etc., but that still doesn't change the fact that when I use standard alternate picking, I can only get about 7 notes per second playing one note per string, while others can get double that, so I'm wondering if there is also a flaw in my string changing technique.
So for the people who are playing 10+ notes per second on one note per string licks, are you actually moving in and out of the plane of strings 10 times a second, or are you doing something else?