Does bad technique matter if results are good?

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    Dan Shipway
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    since playing economy picking I have moticed that i do things such as playing with a flat pick of lightly balling my fist and it feels a lot more natural and my playing seems cleaner and more comfortable so does bad technique or what would be considered an impractical technique always be bad?

    #182931
    Matt Wildman
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    If you are able to play it that way then great, but I would attempt to fix it soon. Try not to put a death grip on your pick and make sure you angle the pick down when you are going down to the high E and then angle it up when your going to the Low E. I guess it’s not necessarily a bad technique since you are obviously playing it well that way. But I think if you try the other way and gradually work on it, you will play it even better. Just kind of experiment man. Good luck!

    #182935
    Dan Shipway
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    Thanks dude, I mainly curl all my fingers for support as when I sweep and do other fast runs which are entirely picked as it means I can play more precise. I do agree that I need to sort my grip out as although my thumb and index finger grip is loose my other fingers are pretty tense.

    #182939
    Jaylen Owens
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    take syn for example back in the early years how he angled his hand to play and now how he has his hand to play it changed a lot he said the reason he did was to play jazz i believe. but anyway back to the point if it ain’t broken don’t fix just make slight adjustments to stay comfortable but that’s just my opinion it probably don’t matter lol.

    #182956
    Christopher Lonski
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    I think a lot of people are kind of confused about what “good” technique is. The only thing you should be considering when judging technique is “Does it sound good and is the player conveying the idea that they want to convey how they want it?” Lots of rock players in the old days had what many people would consider “bad” technique by today’s standards because we are so used to hearing these virtuosos that have developed over the years and also all the polished studio recording that come out now. Every singer has perfect pitch because of autotune and every musician has perfect technique because you can punch in every note. They sound pleasing to the ear, but I would argue that it’s made much less interesting because those little “mistakes” that used to exist on recordings gave the artists their character. It’s also part of the reason popular music has become less complex over the years, because many of the artists that are pushed on the masses are even really that talented as musicians. They are more pre-packaged and regurgitated products. I would say that this is particularly true of pop country.

    I digress, but to directly answer your question, it doesnt matter how you hold your pick or anything like that. It only matters if you like that way something sounds and are able to play it consistently like that.

    #182960
    Ed Seith
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    WHAT CHRIS FUCKING SAID. ABSOLUTE PERFECTION. IN ALL CAPS, EVEN.

    #182961
    Evan Cosman
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    I knuckle my pick a lot and make a fist often and forget to move my picking hand down the bridge to get to the higher strings, playing like that feels so much more natural to me but im trying to get better. I so get what you are saying, we are used to playing a certain way which personally kinda works for us and playing the other way (for the time being) doesnt nececarily feel very good or may not sound as good.

    #183015
    Dan Shipway
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    Thanks a ton, guys I always try and change how I play as I always think it’s not right but now I know that it doesn’t matter I can stop getting so paranoid

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