Michael, I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this, but I can't figure out a better place. You mention in Gypsy Picking that losing the pick at first is not altogether a bad sign. I had that problem, but I eventually got that under control and rarely lose the pick playing single notes. However, I had my first lesson with Wrembel last weekend, and he has me doing lots of rhythm exercises which are very good, but have brought with them a new problem. As I get up to faster (for me, medium for GJ) tempos, I find the pick wants to either move around in my hand, turning sideways, etc., or just launch itself into space suddenly. This happens more and more the closer I get to 200b.p.m., which is where I am stopping now. I won't see Stephane again for two more weeks, and I'd like to get this under control before the next lesson. Is this common for rhythm players? Gripping harder doesn't seem to help and only tenses my wrist up. I have actually considered using pine tar from my baseball bats to make the picks sticky. It's quite a trick turning the pick back incrementally at 200 b.p.m. when I feel it turning sideways. The cats, in particular, like the "flying pick" episodes, and have taken to gathering around while I play hoping to pounce on my Wegen as it sails forth!
Is this common to rhythm newbies? o I need to hold the pick differently for rhythm than I do for single notes. Playing GJ rhythm at loud volumes requires some reasonably violent contact on the even beats compared to the electric guitar world I come from. That's where the problem is. Any ideas, or do I just have to ride this out?
I've never been a guitar player, but I've played one on stage.