In this section we look at how to hold and use your pick. We look at downstrokes, upstrokes, 'alternate' picking and take you through a set of exercises essential for learning how to pick. These exercises are designed to take you step-by-step, from playing your first note to playing your first tune.

It is very important you know how to pick properly from the start. Bad technique becomes ingrained, and can take ages to iron out later. Once you know about picking you'll be able to learn more advanced strumming hand techniques such as pinch harmonics, speed picking and all the other cool stuff you want to do!