Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage – master the correct operation of the pick

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The operation of the guitarist’s right hand involves three joints, elbow joints, wrist joints, and finger joints.

Many online teaching articles and books often discuss… Is it better to drive the arm (elbow joint) when picking? Or is the finger drive ( knuckle) correct? In fact, this is not certain. Any single-joint-driven right-handed operation has its advantages and disadvantages, and it can be practiced very quickly. In other words, when the right hand is actually running, in fact, all three joints will be used, but the difference in proportion distribution.

Many fast-playing guitarists are used to drive the elbow joint, that is, the forearm is fixed, and the wrists and fingers are also (fixed) to maintain a fixed angle.

Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage - master the correct operation of the pick

The biggest benefit of this is that Pick can maintain the same angle as much as possible. It also does not change the Pick position/radian because of the resistance to the string, which maintains a fairly consistent tone. The most difficult thing for beginners to learn when they first start learning guitar is to keep the Pick stable and give a consistent tone/volume, and the elbow forearm drive can greatly improve the problem. Therefore, many teachers will tell the students when they teach “speed” that “the elbows should try not to move.”

The second point, because the pickup has a small elastic space, the sound will be relatively fierce, the speed will be picked up, the particles will be clear, the integrity will be high, and there will be no big or small (sound) problems, so you see At the end of this stage, the guitarist will become the tough guy “Drazy Man” type XD, which is most represented by Zakk wylde.

Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage - master the correct operation of the pick

Zakk Wylde Solo on an acoustic guitar

Look carefully when he is running at high speed, the front arm is the main drive.

But what’s interesting is that the “speed” thing, shouldn’t it be as small as possible?

Is it not the least efficient to use the entire forearm to drive Picking?So another musician advocates moving the drive forward to the wrist and knuckles.

Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage - master the correct operation of the pick
Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage - master the correct operation of the pick

As the movement is reduced, the feeling of “efficiency” can be felt more when idling.
Sometimes you will feel that your fingers are not moving at all. In fact, they are using a very delicate joint in the control of the pick. The speed bomber Yngwie Malmsteen belongs to this faction.

Yngwie Malmsteen-《Far Beyond The Sun》Yngwie Malmsteen-《Far Beyond The Sun》

You will find that his forearm is barely moving at high speed, and it will be shaken because it is worn by the wrist, not driven by the forearm.

Most guitarists will be in parallel, changing the driving position depending on the situation, in order to achieve a realm of flexibility, such as Steve vai, Joe satriani, John Petrucci, Slash and so on.

Seeing this, you can understand what I meant before. It doesn’t have to be how to work to be the right Picking. Both extreme right-hand models can be mastered.

But their respective advantages are also shortcomings. The voice of a person who is accustomed to using a finger will be less stable (especially for beginners, it is important to learn to control the tone first), and the tone is just too weak.

On the other hand, if you do not practice wrist and finger control, the sound will be stiffer, and it will not be appropriate to interpret many melodic solo, brush and chords, or softer lines…

Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage - master the correct operation of the pick

Remember, the elbow drive (forearm) improves sound stability (beginners can practice in this direction first), and the wrist and knuckles are the key to controlling delicate sounds.

What is discussed above is the mono solo, what about the chords? In fact, the concept is the same, although the former arm can be used to obtain a more stable and rigid chord sound, but the delicateness, graininess, light and heavy sound… will be sacrificed because of “too fierce”, especially the place where the most buckles appear is more lyrical. paragraph.If it’s hard to go straight down, the sound is definitely not suitable (rock’s Power chord is another matter).

You don’t want to see people playing the guitar button as if the whole arm is moving, it must be judged that the elbow joint is driven. Many times the main drive is the wrist, the arm is just taken away, and the subtle tone adjustment is by finger. Therefore, when playing chords (single tone is also the same), the three joints work at the same time, just to see what tone you want, adjust the drive ratio at any time.

Elbow, wrist, and finger linkage - master the correct operation of the pick
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