How To Improve Your Picking Technique

How to improve your picking technique is one of the essential things to know in guitar playing. No matter if your playing rhythm guitar or lead guitar. No matter if you’re playing acoustic guitar or electric guitar. So paying attention to your picking technique & working on improving it will help your playing tremendously.

Here are 3 easy steps you can take today that will help you to improve your picking technique.

Step 1. Practice alternate picking:

This is picking up & down. Work on finger exercises across the fretboard in any way you choose and pick each string individually up & down. Upon the first note & down o the second & so forth & so forth.

Practice this slowly at first & focus on getting good tone. If you’re playing electric play on a clean channel so that you can really hear yourself & study your approach & really listen to yourself.

Step 2. Practice in front of a mirror:

Get the mirror to focus on your picking hand so that you can really see what your hand is doing & you’ll get insight into your playing that you didn’t already see.

A lot of times in life we don’t see certain things because of our point of view. This mirroring technique will allow you to see things from a different point of view & show you things in your hand positioning that you didn’t see before & allow you to make changes.

Step 3. Practice strumming:

Strumming is a very common technique to master in any type of guitar playing. It involves the wrist & fingers working in unison together to get the right sound. This technique looks easy when you see people do it, but when you try it yourself it can be a bit tricky.

Strum down first & then once you get that figured out you can work at strumming upward. Then work at doing both together. It does take time & doesn’t happen overnight, but if you give it an honest try it will help to improve your picking.


Focus on your hand. Focus on the way your holding the pick & focus on how you’re approaching the guitar. The more you do this the better your overall playing will become. It’s not going to always be easy, but if you keep trying you’ll see some positive results very quickly.

But you must put in the “string time” and it must be consistent. If you truly give it your best shot, I guarantee your picking, your strumming, your timing  & your guitar playing, in general, will improve.  Thus making you feel good about yourself.  Nothing like the feeling of accomplishment.  Until our next lesson, take care.

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