I only realized recently how lacking my picking is. I've been stagnant for quite some time now, and I don't feel as if I'll ever be able to progress as a guitar player until I get my picking down. Not only does this affect my leads, but it's also affecting my rhythm playing. Sometimes I can't even play simple 16th note rhythms without my pick actually missing the string completely. I noticed that the way I pick is kind of odd, and I don't know if there's really a right or wrong way, but I noticed that Michael Romeo picks kinda weird too, and he's outta control. So maybe it's best to do what you feel comfortable with and you'll eventually get it, but what I'm doing doesn't seem to be helping. But I don't want to have to completely revamp the way I play guitar. Can anyone recommend any exercises that will help my picking? Or does anyone have any kind of advice for me? I've heard that most people pick and let the motion come from their wrist (which I've found difficult to get into), and I've heard that others really use their upper arm to get into it. Right now, I think the motion mostly comes from my fingers (index and thumb, with maybe a LITTLE help from the wrist), and I am reasonably accurate, but I find myself doing things that don't come out as smooth and clean as they can. I'm mainly concerned with my leads, but my rhythm playing is suffering as well. Sometimes I find that the muscle in my hand in between my thumb and index finger tightens up really fast, and I want to fix this problem. I have difficulty relaxing myself, and I feel like sometimes I'm forcing myself. I know that's a lot of info, but if anyone can help me, I will owe you forever.