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Offline metalligimp

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« on: May 17, 2017, 04:58:41 pm »
No matter what I do, I can't consistently figure out how to do an up stroke without my pick just kind of jamming my pick into the strings and it getting stuck in between. Do I need to move my wrist so it's opposite the slight angle I use for down stroking?

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Re: Upstrokes
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2017, 05:35:03 pm »

I'm just wondering about the angle of your guitar? I can imagine if the top of the body  is angled towards your body, so you can see what's going on then up strums might be difficult? Guitar should be vertical and your hand & arm moving parallel to guitar body and strings. Then should be able to do up strums ok without angling the pick, though I believe that may be useful in time.

Hope what I say makes sense. And is not a lot of nonsense ... if nonsense I'm sure other more advanced members will chip in.


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Re: Upstrokes
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2017, 10:44:41 pm »
When I had that problem, I experimented with different picks. I finally found Dunlop max grip. They have texture, so you can lighten up your grip, adding fluidity to your strumming, without dropping the pick.

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Re: Upstrokes
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 09:59:23 am »
Slow and very light strumming until you get the feel without snagging. I also agree with Red re Dunlop Max grips which I tend to use all the time now.

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Re: Upstrokes
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 01:28:40 pm »
Yes you do need to angle your wrist slightly. Try to think of how your wrist position changes if you were holding a paint brush and painting a wall down and then up. The angle of your wrist would change depending on which direction your are going and it's the same for the strumming. So in a similar way think about your hand turning slightly to the right i.e. away from the guitar, on the way down and then slightly to your left i.e. towards your body, on the way back up.

As other has said a light grip is essential otherwise even you do turn your hand your fingers wont allow the pick to turn as well.
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