One thing that puzzles me about my aforementioned problem with holding a guitar pick is this: how do other artists do it? One of the main reasons i hold a pick like i do is so that i can mute the strings with the side of my hand. Both ani and peter mulvey have been known to use a pick from time to time and also employ this technique frequently. So, how do they do it??? I’m not referring to any namby-pamby little mute of the string; if you listen to my demo with the bass on your stereo turned up the muting on “world in my hand” and “bridge” will rattle your windows. There must be a happy medium between the idiot way i hold my pick and the awesome thumping mutes i use. >sigh
So, i am an awful sloppy bastard guitar player. Really. I took about six lessons and then decided that lessons were a waste because my instructor wasn’t going to tell me what i wanted to know. And as soon as i ditched him, i bought an armload of soft guitar picks so that i wouldn’t break so many strings when attempting to play ani difranco songs. And that all happened three years ago. So, now, while i have a very organically obtained understanding of chord construction and music theory, i have absolutely zero picking skills. To compound the situation, i hold my pick between my first two fingers and my thumb (as opposed to holding it on the side of my index finger like i’m supposed to). So, basically, i don’t play my guitar correctly. And since my guitar is such a piece of shit i’m not entirely sure that i’m improving. Heh. Did i mention that i am an aspiring singer-songwriter? I can’t sing correctly either. And i keep writing the same song over and over again. Remind me why i have my own website again, please? Anyone?