When I do it the right hand is not touching the strings at all. It floats above the strings in a nice little fist. Anchoring can be ok if you work through it, however, I find that if you get over it you can progress faster by keeping the right hand pretty tight and focusing on the sarod and scalpel picking methods, even when changing strings. The key is to get the technique you want down at a very SLOW speed and work your way up.
If you want I'd suggest creating a clip of what you're doing, post it to youtube, and then post the link in this thread. Pebber might not get to it, but there's lots of great players (not me btw... ;) on this forum that can help you w/ your technique and what to practice.
I'm keen to the Dunlop Big Stubby 2.0 jazz picks, especially w/ these picking techniques as they almost never create that scratchy sound, awesome tone. I wish they had a bit more grip, but I've remedied that by putting some gaffer tape around the base of the pick. Makes it nice for my VERY sweaty hands, I wish they would just make these w/ some grip tape on them.
I have one and absolutely love it as a noise gate, tuner, volume pedal, digital delay, and all kinds of modulation all in one. The distortions are only 'meh' so I use it as an 'off' pedal with the volume and drive set to 0 as a quick way to turn everything off on stage.
It depends on how you're using it. Overdrives were created to drive a hot tube amp naturally into distortion territory, most of the drive comes from the tubes, not the pedal. Even when using higher gain settings it's still driving the tubes to make that creamy distortion sound. When using a SS amp you're no longer driving tubes, but instead are driving transistors and chips. When you drive these you tend to get unpleasant distortion, especially if you have the pedal w/ high gain settings as you're driving transistors to drive other transistors. If you're using low gain it shouldn't make as big of a difference, but it's still not being used what is was created for.
You might be happier w/ an actual distortion or fuzz pedal like a Rat or Big Muff
Could be that your pedal is broken or the battery might need to be replaced. Have you tried both cables straight into the amp? It may be a faulty cable. It also just might be that you're trying to use a tube screamer into a solid state amp and the tone is not what you're expecting, can you try your setup in front of another amp and see if that's better? If all those things still sound like crap you've probably got a bad transistor or something in the pedal. You shouldn't need a noise gate for a one pedal setup into a practice amp at low volumes.
I wouldn't judge the 339 line based off one guitar in the 335 line for epiphone. Also, tuning issues happen a lot in stores because they don't lubricate the nut or stretch the strings properly. Tuning issues are typically very simple to fix. Try a few out, they are really nice guitars and REALLY light.
Tele's and LP's have similar weights, I don't think you're going to get the tone you're after going w/ a HS setup on a tele though, unless it's the treble LP tone that you're going after which is the opposite for me as I think of the neck pup or both together for that classic LP tone. You might be best off getting a HH strat though, seems like that's what you really want. If you really want that LP tone you can swap them out for some gibson burstbucker pups, I love the sound of those things.
The tele has a vibe that's all its own which IMO is completely different than either the strat or LP. If you like the way the strat feels, but like the tone of the LP you might want to consider a dual humbucker setup on a strat or checking out the 339 epiphone or gibson.
If that's the case you've got a cold solder joint and more than likely this is going to crop up again. I'm glad it's fixed, but if it does come up again or if you have some other issue like a scratchy pot I'd go in there and replace the wiring and the pots if you're so inclined. Wiring diagrams are easy to follow and there are plenty of videos on how to solder correctly.
You've got to do a bit of every module every day. I do a half hour of trills, a half hour of picking, a half hour of permutations, a half hour of scales, and then spend an hour or two transcribing and learning new songs. This is just an estimate as sometimes I can get an hour of each in and other days I only get 10 min of each in, but I get it in every day.
Open the back up and give each wire a very small tug. It would be even easier if the guitar was plugged in as you'll hear when you've got the right one, or at least the right section of wires. You may even be able to see the loose wire as soon as you open up. If you're comfortable w/ a solder iron it should take you very little time to just go around back there and resolder some connections.
It's probably a loose solder joint or a bad wire if it's something new. If it has always been that way it may have a ground loop and need to be rewired. If you're comfortable w/ a solder iron you should be able to look inside, find the culprit and fix it.