OK, I’ll try to explain my problem. In faster riffs, going from the 1st string to the 3rd (as an example), I frequently will ram the pick into the 2nd string. Not so much a problem if I’m looking, but not want I want to do. I almost feel like I need to jump vertically to clear the string, but that seems to slow me down. Guitar is a Strat that is set up properly.
Any suggestions? New to guitar, but played violin. With that instrument you raise your elbow in four positions to change strings. Try that on a guitar!
Not a lot to go on despite you saying new to guitar and playing faster riffs.
I would advocate a fairly common approach,
Slow down, right down until you can play the designated piece accurately and avoiding the 2nd string (do you mean B or A ?).
I mean real slow. If the riff covers a few bars, break it down a bar at a time.
Get it right slow as in ssssssssllllllllllllooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww
Then up the tempo “slowly” a few bpm at at time.
When you hit the desired tempo, keep ramping the bpm up.
If you can get to 10 bpm over the desired bpm, when you back it off to the song’s tempo, it will feel slow and “easier” to do.
Yes, I meant the B string in the example given, but the issue is encountered whenever having to miss/skip an intermediate string. The video lesson cited exactly talks about what I’m experiencing. He even describes the challenge of trying to jump over the string if you don’t come at an angle (Justin says in and out vs up and down). I have been holding the pick the way he cautions against. If you’ve never done it correctly, I think it’s harder to accomplish than it looks. I practice a lot which just means I have a bad habit to unlearn.