In this how-to video, you will learn how to hold your pick in different ways for certain styles of guitar playing. You must have a pick and guitar. Hold the pick between your index finger and thumb. Feel free to modify the way to hold it so that you are comfortable with it. For strumming, keep your picking hand loose. This will allow you to comfortable strum up and down. For picking chords, relax your picking hand and allow the pick to be slightly more perpendicular when picking. For shredding, the pick should be perpendicular to the strings. Choking up on the pick allows you to pull off harmonics. This video offers great tips on how to use your pick.