I hold the pick with three fingers. I share the space evenly between my thumb, index and middle fingers. I have always felt more comfortable doing this and have done it for 15 years. However, the way I hold the pick, while also having a supinated wrist and resting the side of my hand on the bridge, has made DWPS my primary technique as long as I have played guitar (also use a forearm rotational mechanic). I feel like this pick grip almost forces the pick into a Marty Friedman level downward slant. It also has me barely using any edgepicking at all. I wonder if it would be worth my time to relearn how to hold the pick in the more traditional way (like Guthrie Govan teaches…almost like a relaxed fist.)
This pick grip has allowed me to play any of the Yngwie and EJ stuff effortlessly. I can also do “outside picking” like the Gilbert lick perfectly fine with a little bit of swiping. Additionally, I can sweep pick arpeggios somehow BUT I have never been able to really upward slant with this method past that (Also, pinch harmonics are impossible)! This shortcoming becomes especially evident when trying to switch strings after downstrokes while descending. It’s almost like I have had 3 of the 4 bases necessary for alternate picking success covered for years (Ascending inside picking- DWPS Ascending outside picking- Swiping Descending outside picking- DWPS Descending inside picking- FAIL and cannot swipe). I always thought I was just a crappy alt picker so most of my fast stuff was outside picking mixed with legato for years until I found CtC. Then I learned about economy picking while descending and it came very easily to me. But things like the Vinnie Moore Pepsi lick had me stringhopping like crazy.
Would switching my pick grip make learning how to play with 2wps more possible? My ultimate goal is to be how Troy described in one of his videos where I use sweeping in both directions to make string changes when possible, and alternate picking in both directions when sweeping is not possible. I want to be able to play anything without having to think beforehand or restructure lines to make them playable. I would also like to be able to crosspick one note per string lines fast as well. Essentially, I want to be free from limitations so I can just go back to making music! A guy who has been playing guitar for over 15 years should be much, much better than I am! Any suggestions??
I know Albert Lee and Jimmy Herring apparently also hold the pick like me (although Jimmy said in an interview that he really holds it mostly with his middle finger and the pointer finger is just resting there too) but I cannot do Albert’s cross picking or Jimmy’s 2wps at all.