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Now that we've explored how to use the pick for strumming, let's try playing some single notes. Let's start out by using the melody you learned on the low E-string in the very first tutorial we did. It went open E, 3rd fret, 2nd fret, 1st fret and we picked it with whichever right hand finger was up for the task.

Now try playing it with your pick instead. First you might hit the surrounding strings with your picking motion. There are a couple different ways to avoid that.

The first one is to adjust your picking angle so that instead of completely vertically up and down. Another option is to have your pick glide through the E-string and then land and rest on the A-string.

Or maybe you have some other solution right now, which is fine too. And don't worry if you can't get the melody super clean right now! That kind of control comes naturally along the way.

I'll count us in with the usual 1-2-3-4 and then we'll play the melody 4 times together before we end on the open E-string.

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