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How to properly hold an SVPick

Updated: Jul 18, 2020

To be honest, there is no correct way to hold a pick. Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, just to name a couple, hold picks in their own special way. Friedman twists his wrist down, and Gilbert says he used to use three fingers to play. Who am I to say what is right, but I can suggest using as little of the pick as possible, when hitting a string. Especially with the SVP magnet Psycho, or SVP Allen Van Wert signature, its designed to make you pay attention to the pick, how you hold it, and how much should hit the strings. If you aren't careful, and you pick too deep, that pick will snag you up. It takes a little while to get used to it, but this will make you a better picker.

Take a look at how I hold the SVP magnet AVW, very little pick is exposed. Also take a look at how the pick molds to my hand. When using this pick, I am always conscious of my picking technique. #neverloseanotherpick

Speaking of picking technique, when I was experimenting with picks, I also wanted to be taught by someone who already picks fast and accurately. After watching dozen of youtube videos, I stumbled upon a player who was fast, accurate, and he was showcasing an acrylic pick, called a V-Pick. His name is Allen Van Wert, and he is a professional guitar player, teacher, and computer programer. I contacted him, we spoke about picks, and he told me about The Ultimate Picking Program, a computer program that does an analysis of your picking, and creates a personalized program for you.

After Allen explained the picking program he developed, I had a guitar lesson with him via FaceTime, ordered some V-Picks from Vinni Smith, (the owner,) and I bought The Ultimate picking program.

With the addition of a V-Pick, and the picking program, I got to work. I really can't speak too highly about the picking program, and the AI aspect of being listened to, and corrected. In a few short months,(yes months, it takes time,) my picking speed and accuracy increased dramatically. I can attribute a large amount of my progress to the program, but the V-pick was also a major contribution. The initial sensation of the acrylic V-Pick, being larger, thicker, and harder than most other picks, was smooth, and powered through the strings. I was hooked, and I have to thank Vinni at for helping me select the picks that best suited my style of playing.

Again, for me, finding the right pick changed everything, and after using the ultimate picking program, I realized that I had the potential of being able to play the songs I love, that only a year ago I was way too slow. Suddenly Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, and many bands that play fast tunes were at my disposal. I will probably never be a shredder, but I don't necessarily want to be. However, I am where I want to be right now, and I am always learning something new. When I decided to put a magnet inside of a pick, V-pick was the only pick I even thought of modifying. And when I decided to make a signature SVPick, Allen Van Wert was the first person I thought of.

If you want to take control of your picking, I highly recommend the Ultimate Picking Program, utilizing the Allen Van Wert signature SVPick. You have nothing to lose, and a lot to gain, as all SVPicks have a 100% money back guarantee. If you don't like it, send it back. Many thanks to Vinni Smith at V-Pick, as he has been a terrific help to me in getting SVPick going. Also thanks to Allen Van Wert, who is a terrific teacher by the way, and for the V-Pick introduction video ten years ago.


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