I’ve only been flatpicking a short time. One thing I’ve noticed about myself, personally, is…I’m faster (both rhythm and picking melodies) when my right hand is not “open” (think of open as my fingers not holding the pick being out-stretched).
I’ve also noticed that I’m more precise in picking melodies when my hand IS open.
I’ve watched the usual suspects (top pickers), and their styles are somewhat across the spectrum. But, it seems the truly great speed pickers have more of a closed right hand. I’m certain they’re doing this with extremely low amounts of tension in the hand. But, I notice it puts a little more tension in MY right hand, when I’m trying to pick melodies. When I’m playing rhythm, it feels great (and, like I said, I’m able to play rhythm, faster, this way).
Would you experienced pickers weigh in on this? What’s your style? Is there room for a hybrid approach, or…being as how I’m so new to this style of playing…AND I know I’m faster with the last three fingers curled in…would you focus on working on picking melodies this way, exclusively?
I just joined as a gold member, and I’m looking forward to learning from you guys.