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Slanting The Pick For Speed



The idea of "slanting" the pick can be confusing for guitart students. These pictures should clarify the issue. 

The reasons for slanting the pick are as follow:

1) You get a better, "rounder" tone. Slanting the pick causes a different set of harmonics to be emphasized, and present in the sound. The exact combination of harmonics present in a sound are what give it its "tone".

2) It helps with speed. You "slice" through the string, and it offers less resistance.

 

Here the pick is resting flat on the string. Not recommended. The tone will be bad, clangy and harsh. The resistance of the string to the pick will be greater, especially if too much of the pick is into the string.

 

Here the pick is slanted toward the neck of the guitar, to the left, at about 45 degrees. 

Tip of pick on string, with slant. As a general rule, don't put more of the pick into the string than this. 

Straight on view. 

The same principle applies to fingerstyle. The finger is slanted so that the left side of the tip contacts the string. In general, the finger contacts the string at the point where flesh and nail meet. 

Here, the finger is positioned for a rest stroke.

 



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