I've posted several times over the past year asking questions and making progress comments about right hand technique. The best thing that happened to me is when I met David Long inbetween sets at one of his shows, and he showed me how he holds the pick, between the first knuckle on the thumb and on the side of the index finger, on top of the first knuckle bend. This worked really well for me in getting better at picking melodies, but I struggled to get a good sound/feel while strumming with this hand position.
It hasn't gotten better with time. The pick makes too much of a raking sound, regardless of how loosely I hold it. It's not so bad with loud songs, but anything mellow sounds bad. Admittedly I often resort back to my old ineffective 3 finger pencil grip because strumming and chopping sounds better this way, but it's a very poor way to pick melodies and leads. Has anyone else experienced this? What can I do to improve? I've tried experimenting with pick angle, showing more/less pick, etc. to no avail.
Also, using this "new" grip, which is a loose fist type grip, I sometimes drag my middle finger knuckle across the strings. I haven't found a good way to eliminate this from happening completely unless I close my fist too tight to be comfortable.