Practice Log for Friday, 8 Jun 2018

I learn how to palm a pick June 8, 2018 music
Topic Start Time End Time Notes
warm-up 16:37 16:47 q=70
scales 16:47 16:59 h=70 14 notes
repertoire 16:59 17:48 pick palming


MAB’s warm-up. Haven’t done it in a while, so the pinky and ring finger still suck at it.


I knew I didn’t have a lot of time, so I played scales straight up and down, five notes per string, the last finger on each string sliding one position over. Four notes a string leaves you with a whole lot of frets to play on one string if you go all the way up.


I practiced one thing: palming the pick. I never really learned how to do this before, but it’s immediately applicable in two songs I know: “Under the Bridge” and the intro to “Killer of Giants” by Ozzy Osbourne. (Oh, Jake E. Lee did such a good job on that album…)

I opted for the second technique mentioned in the video below since my fingers feel a little more comfortable and free playing that way. Freeing four fingers like that also makes for an easy transition to classical finger picking, which usually never uses the pinky on the right hand.

Randy Josleyn teacher-linguist-guitarist wannabe