Sorry if this has all been answered before but I could not find anything definitive on here.
At the two week mark with gypsy picking, I am not at all sure if I get the basic concept of relaxing. Following the book as best I can, I have ended up getting pain in my right arm, and I never have had pain there from playing ever, even when I was playing in punk bands and strumming like hell for hours every day.
Seems like if you loosen the grip too much on the pick, it will simply fly out of your hand. Again, I must be missing something very basic and simple. I mean, if you want the pick to plant itself on the string at the end of the downstroke, for me that means controlling the bounce off the string, which takes more than just a loose grip on the pick.
Also wtih the up and down stroke, this doesn't seem much different to me than what I have been doing forever, meaning that I don't understand how you can possibly rest at all going up/down when you are only going to be on the downstroke long enough to change to an upstroke.
I looked at a bunch of the rest stroke vids here on the forum and was not enlightened. Has anyone used the Yaakov Hoter lesson on the rest stroke? I just picked up his lesson on Le Pompe and now that makes more sense to me, even if I obviously can't do it right yet.