I just wanted to ask a question about what works regarding the thumb holding the pick.
I have noticed that when I am trying to cross pick, at anything faster then around triplets at 110bpm, I notice that when I try to stay relaxed, my thumb seems to wiggle when picking. Have a look at this:- I’ve tried to just demo it. It looks hard to see when I film me just picking, but I can feel it
I feel like this is tripping me up, as the wiggle changes the orientation of the pick to the strings, giving a really uneven feel, maybe it even counts as string hopping?
I have been watching Troy, Andy Wood and also I have a Steve Kaufmann DVD (picking up speed), and none of these guys have a thumb wiggle at high speeds. It’s all just wrist…And when I do straight DWPS, there is no movement at all of this wiggle
But, when I try to eradicate the thumb wiggle, then my hand just tenses up slightly, which I know won’t fly at faster speeds.
Does anyone have any insight into this? I’m presuming I need to cut the thumb wiggle out, but how do I do this? The way here seems to not be to start slow and build up. Is it just more of
- trial and error
- just try it fast and sloppy at higher tempos till the new mechanic clicks and I cut it out?