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Different Picking For Different Folks

Quote:"it seems that every Name Player who plays guitar clean and fast angles the pick and uses the smallest pick strokes possible. The fastest players seem among the most relaxed..." source Jazz guitar forum - a good discussion

According Pebber Brown, some picking techniques today include:-

1) scapel picking - like scribbling writing motion with a pen
2) sarod picking - stirring like motion. It seems John McLaughlin uses this style.

Alternate picking is simply means a down,up,down,up... strokes