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To use a pick or not?

Is it just me...? For the longest time now I have been using the tip of my right index finger as a pick. I find I get a better feel for the strings and can switch between finger picking and struming instantly. I think it all stems from times when after working late and arriving home everyone was asleep and I had to "keep it quiet". Plus I never break the tip of my finger like I have done with a pick and I always know where my finger tip is and it dosent fall into the soundhole of my accoustic. Just a few thoughts...Is it just me?
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Re: To use a pick or not?

5/23/2005 12:08 AM

Angela Demay (1797) wrote:

Nope - it's not just you, I feel the same way about the pic. Besides, when I try to use a pic, it goes in my mouth....a person could choke you know ;-)

But, there is one problem with NOT using a pic. Songs like The House of the Rising Sun - some songs are really hard to get 'just right' with the timing when you finger style going back up the strings.

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Re: To use a pick or not?

5/23/2005 3:26 AM

Charles Gacsi (42523) wrote:

In setting the strings in motion there are more than just 2 ways to create sound.

Classical technique provides one direction and accordingly sounds that are appropriate for the instrument in that situation.

Using a pick takes different skills. Different sounds are created.

Playing only one style of music is a limitation. Learning both techniques provides better decision making skills for the one best suited for conveying our musical expression of individual creativity.

Very similar to different tastes of food. If never exposed to a dinner with different foods limits our choices.

There are times I do not use either the classic technique or pick technique. Instead it is accomplished by hammering the fingers down on the fretboard. Amplified provides additional assistance.

This is not a pull off as the hand does not rotate in either direction. It is the fingers coming directly down on the strings. Use of a legato is an additional skill.

Proper placement of the right arm is essential. Wrist motion is only a tiny bit. Right hand needs to float freely without the little finger anchored. This takes training as well.

Anytime anyone changes technique in their playing, it needs to be done gradually. Do it with all the new things. Continue using the prior technique with material you already play. Other wise you can "get tied in knots". Warning: Apply new techniques little by little.


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Re: To use a pick or not?

5/27/2005 10:35 AM

Peter Kiley (890) wrote:

There is no right way or wrong way. I use a pick about 80% of the time. I use my fingers for arpeggios and fingerpicking (mostly bluegrass). On occasion I use a combination of pick and middle finger for very fast runs with lots of string crossing or arpeggios.

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Re: To use a pick or not?

5/27/2005 12:20 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I like to use just my fingers sometimes, in a sort of clawhammer style.


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Re: To use a pick or not?

6/2/2005 7:59 PM

Aaron Zeller (789) wrote:

To me, it doesn't really matter if i use a pick or not. I will usually look at the music I'm going to play, and depending on what all I'm going to have to do, I'll decide whether to use a pick or not. I.E. if I'm moving from single notes to chords, i will probably use a pick becasue i can hit single notes easily and then go straight to strumming, but if i have to hit multiple strings that are not consecutive, then i will use my fingers. I'm basically the same speed with a pick or not. To me, i think it is better not to stick directly with a single style (pick or fingerstyle,) i like to play most styles of music and i dont want to be limited by anything. But i will usually just use my fingers when im just messin around with my guitars.

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Re: To use a pick or not?

6/7/2005 6:37 AM

Kirk Lorange (4841) wrote:

I haven't used any sort of pick since about 1970!


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