How to Hold a Guitar Pick

by IanM on September 23, 2010

The easiest way to explain this is to just show you.

Place your fingers like this:

Top view – Position your thumb across your index finger as shown

Bottom view – Position your thumb across your index finger as shown

Place the pick in your hand like this:

Top view – Hold the pick in your hand as shown

Bottom view – Hold the pick in your hand as shown

Take note that when you are strumming without a pick, your fingers will be in this position as well.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

nur October 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

hello…..this tuto are really helpful for me..i hope it’s always free…bcuz it’s difficult to find free ebook like u are done now…thank you very much!!


missou August 24, 2013 at 9:42 am

I bought a new guitar and you’ve been really helpful :). Thanks!!!


JOHNSON November 25, 2013 at 8:58 am

that’s so helpfull,be BLESS!


Heather Violette May 28, 2014 at 6:38 am

Finally, someone who is going to really give us the basics. I’ve been on thousands of sights, hoping that each tutorial would help. This is the ONLY WEBSITE, that follows through with that promise. I cannot begin to tell you, when I thought I had found a good teacher, to have them jump to the next video only to find I had no clue as to what they were talking about and no information as to why we went from holding a pick to reading tabs or some scale I didn’t even know existed. Thank you for making this one amazing website that actually ‘coddles you along’ helping us to understand what we are doing. AND IT’S FUN!!!! Which is why I wanted to play in the first place. Thank you.


Al February 10, 2015 at 12:15 am

Thank you!! I think I finally can learn how to play guitar and not going to guitar school :-)
This really mean much to me, thank you


Phen May 18, 2015 at 6:14 pm

you’re really so amazing giving these free tutorials for the beginners like me .. it really helps me a lot :) I thought I can’t find a real guitar tutorial anymore coz there were a lot of videos and sites that keep on saying ‘easy guitar tutorials for beginners’ like the hell, how could they say its easy, maybe for them, yes it’s easy bcoz they were already a savvy but not for us who were just a beginner


Nat July 19, 2015 at 10:49 am

I really want to say thank you! I got a guitar and have not a sigle clue about how to play it. After looking for thousands of websites I finally found this one. Thank you again for this!!! x


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