Hello all - Recently I’ve managed to develop a picking movement that actually feels smooth, but the problem is, I can only pick very quietly. In the video, I’m genuinely picking as “hard” as I can. For some reason, I’m having no issues with chord volume, or even with producing volume if I hold my wrist in the Django position, as I demonstrate in the vid - but when I play single note lines when anchored on the bridge, I cannot get any real variation of volume.
So the question is - how do you control picking dynamics? What does it mean to pick “hard”? I thought it was how hard one gripped the pick, but it doesn’t seem to be making much difference at all. Digging deeper doesn’t seem to help either; it just slows me down. I figured out that I used to create accents by manipulating my thumb to get the pick a bit caught in the strings, but this doesn’t work for faster phrases, and leaves far too much room for error. Using my wrist entirely is the only way I can really play quickly and smoothly.