Why Picking Harder On Guitar Helps You Play Faster & Cleaner

by Tom Hess


Picking notes with authority helps you keep your hands stay in sync and play guitar fast without as many mistakes.

A lot of guitar players use a pick attack that is too weak. Some do so intentionally to get their hands to move faster.

Why you need to pick with power:

Having a weak pick attack leads to sloppy playing and loss of control when you approach your maximum speed. Notes become less articulated and it’s easier to become out of sync and inconsistent.

Watch how increasing your picking power attack using a specific practice approach helps you play cleaner at fast speeds:



How To Add Power To A Weak Pick Attack:

Here are two things to fix right now in order to play guitar faster and cleaner with a powerful pick attack:

1. Identify and relax tension in your body as you play.

Most guitar players become very tense in their body/hands when they try to play fast on guitar. Focus on picking with very little wasted motion, while keeping your body as relaxed as possible.

2. Dig the pick a little deeper into the trenches of the strings.

Holding the pick very close to the tip takes away your power. Digging the pick slightly deeper into the trenches of the strings articulates the notes harder with no extra effort on your part.

Note: Adding power to your pick attack is just one way of many to play guitar faster and cleaner by better synchronizing your hands.

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Tom HessAbout Tom Hess: Tom Hess is a guitar teacher, music career mentor and guitar teacher trainer. He teaches rock guitar lessons online to students from all over the world and conducts instructional live guitar training events attended by musicians from over 50 countries.

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