Cleaner Guitar Picking

guitarstrumming.jpgYesterday I had The Racouteurs Consolers of the Lonely, blasting through the house. Hearing the amazingly clean strumming got me to thinking about some strumming techniques I often see guitarists forget. If you are going to be picking out individual notes in a part and want that articulation that you hear your favorite guitarists get (see The Raconteurs “Old Enough”), there are a few simple rules you can follow:

  • Lift your fingers from the freatboard FAST! Experiment and listen to the sound of how fast you release your fingers from the fretboard, it will build both your listening skills and guitar skills.
  • Play directly behind the fret not on top of it(but not too far back in order to get proper intonation)
  • Play far back on your guitar pick leaving a large tip.
  • Life your pick up high after each pick. Listen and experiment till you find a cleaner note that rings the way you want to hear it. 

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Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Anonymous

    My only concern is playing pinch harmonics with the large tip on the pick. It sounds awkward to shift pick grip for every pinch harmonic…

  • Philadelphia SEO

    Wow, i totally agree with this one awesome.