Imo, the way you hold your pick is not important. I just keep my focus on keeping movement to a minimum and accuracy up.
:agreed: There's no "wrong" way to pick, unless it's hurting you.Edit: Dude, you said it yourself, it's "very constricting and sometimes painful." Go change it. Right now.
I'd recommend the reverse - unless you're gigging and can't afford to take a one month hit to your picking technique, just start completely over. I mean you basically are looking to flip the pick 180 degrees - it's tough to do that in small changes. Might as well just go for it.I don't have any trouble with speed on a single string. The restriction is in my string to string mobility. I think i'll take Jacksonplayer's advice and try to evolve my picking little by little instead of starting over from scratch. thx all
i find that if i have trouble with a technique, i'll write a riff in a song by my band so that i have to get better at it, or i'll look like a fool on stage that can't play his own songs.I'd recommend the reverse - unless you're gigging and can't afford to take a one month hit to your picking technique, just start completely over. I mean you basically are looking to flip the pick 180 degrees - it's tough to do that in small changes. Might as well just go for it.
Also, if your only problem is picking across strings, maybe come up with a couple picking drills that JUST focus on that?
I used to pick the way you do. I always had problems with getting evenly spaced notes and my pick attack was pretty weak, especially on the upstrokes. It's not obvious with gain but it definitely affects the clarity of your playing. It also made my wrist angle awkward on the lower strings and it puts a lot of pressure on your thumb, causing your hand to want to tense up.I've been playing for just over a decade now and I feel as though both my speed and clarity have hit a wall in the last couple of years. I have a different style of holding the pick than most players. I turn the pick the opposite way; really bending my thumb hard. I know how im supposed to hold it, but it feels so unnatural to me. I'm trying to get opinions on whether or not it would be truly benificial to change my pick holding this late in life. thx