Holding a Guitar Pick With Three Fingers

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Holding a guitar pick with three fingers is something that will eventually come natural to you. Find out about holding a guitar pick with three fingers with help from an award-winning, critically-acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Jessica Delfino, and I am a Musician in New York City. I also teach guitar and ukulele, not at the same time. And today, we're going to talk about how to hold a pick with three fingers. So, before I go on, I just want to say if you have any questions about how to find out more about what I do in New York, you can look me up at yourocknyc.com; that's y-o-u-r-o-c-k-n-y-c.com. Okay, so I've got in my hand a pick. Normally, when you hold a pick, just sort of normally, really you're going to hold it with two fingers like this or you might add a third finger in there and that's pretty much the appropriate way to use a pick. So, if I'm going to play a chord, like a G chord or a C chord, some people might kind of have all their fingers out like this and be playing with two fingers and there's nothing wrong with that. It's up to you whatever comfortable for you. But then, some people will add that third finger on and that just gives you a little bit more maybe ability to adjust the pick as you're playing. But, in general, you want to really use the tip of the pick; some people really keep their fingers way down on the bottom of the pick and when you do that, you have the tendency to whoops, drop your pick inside your guitar. And that just ruins the whole party. Then, you have to take your guitar and like going this for five minutes and try to get it out, it never comes out. So, in general, you want to have a good grip on your pick so that you don't drop it into your guitar 'cause that's a really quick way to ruin the song. So, basically just make sure to have your two fingers on one side, just like that so that just the, basically like, I'd say one third of the guitar pick is poking up or less even, like one fourth. And then your thumb is on the other side. So, you've got this nice grip on your pick, just that little point tip in, sticking out right there and you can rock. "Ah." And adding the head movement just really helps the rock. Rock harder, so, you know, that's an optional thing you can also do. Have a great time, lots of luck to you and thanks for watching.


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