1 evil_thing 4 years ago I've got the right hand blues, apparently.In a pre-crash thread, Jack Stacey talked about trying to better his technique towards nailing that supremely fast chromatic run in "Rock Around The Clock" -- which has always been a goal of mine, as well.The left hand is there, I think. I can play it in time (218 bpm, IIRC) using pull-offs, but I couldn't pick fast enough with the right hand to match the left. Folks here pitched in with ideas, but nothing was helping me much.So, off to the general interwebs, where I was trying to find primers on mandolin technique or anything, really. I happened upon a book about right hand picking by a Mark Burgess called Right Hand Picking (duh). Smack dab on page 4, I see my problem. I'm not holding the pick correctly at all. I've held it pinched between my thumb and the pad on my first finger. Burgess' technique is to lay the pick on the side of the index finger between the two joints and clamp the thumb down on the top of the pick to hold it in place. The fingers stay curled in towards the palm. The picking motion is more of a twist of the wrist than a forearm-driven strum. Later I find out that resting your hand on the bridge and/or anchoring a finger on the guitar, both of which I do frequently, are also big no-nos according to the book.Wow...total difference. I can control the pick much better and get a single-string tremolo going, although I still have to get my right and left hands synched up for the RATC solo.But here's the main problem...when I'm strumming chords, holding the pick like that is beating the hell out of my right hand fingers. I've got my middle, ring and pinky (m, a, c) curled in as tight as possible. But still I manage to catch them on the G, B, and E strings quite frequently and sometimes painfully. Unfortunately, the book is all about single-note exercises and doesn't address playing chords. So I asked a long-time guitar-playing buddy how he holds his pick (he does it like the book) and if he had the same problem? and he said he beats the hell out of his right hand all the time. Let me say that if I just comp chords, I can move the hand & wrist from the elbow and it works fine, but my basic style is to play a more country/bluegrass boom-chuck style with the bass notes alternating with strums on the upper strings, and that's when the problems start.So I guess my questions are: do y'all have this problem too, and what do you do about it? Band-aids? Is it just an occupational hazard? Do you switch between right hand techniques depending on what you're playing?The new pick grip and control is really amazing, but my right pinky is raw and I don't want to start bleeding on my guitars. Thanks in advance for ideas or commiserations offered.