Pick Scrape - Guitar Trick

The Pick Scrape is a "must know" trick, when used with taste, it will make your playing more alive and cool. Besides this, it is fairly easy to perform and you'll be able to enjoy this trick even if you're complete beginner.


  1. Prepare your fretting hand for taking a chord that you're gonna play right after the Scrape.
  2. Slide the side of the plectrum along the lower strings, from the area around the pickups towards the guitar head.
  3. Pull the plectrum off of the strings in a way that will make the chord ring.

This trick usually fits well at transitions from one part of a song to another, (for example from a verse to a chorus).

Listen to Neptune song by InMe at 2:37

As well as in repetitions of a riff, right before a repetition. In the video below I added the pick scrape to the riff #1 from 'alt-rock and metal riffs for beginners' lesson.

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This article was last updated on January 18, 2024