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Offline 4hisglory

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Fingers.....
« on: March 28, 2007, 10:30:49 PM »
Do all you guys play with your fingers or do you use a pick??
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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2007, 11:25:27 PM »
   I use a pick. But for some techniques like harmanized sliding, you may do better using your fingers.
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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2007, 12:09:43 AM »
mostly a pick or hybrid picking. once in a blue moon i'll need the sound that you get with fingers only, but very rarely.

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 05:22:43 AM »
I use mostly pick, but during alter call or times where I use the acoustic setting on my GNX-3, I'll use my fingers to give it a more authentic sound.
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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2007, 05:43:04 AM »
Both.
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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2007, 07:15:41 AM »
Another vote for both...

Fingers almost exclusively only on nylon,....

but on my electric I use a rather small Dunlop Jazz III pick or a 3.0 Dunlop Stubby, so I can "hide" it or drop it and go to a fingers only style like Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.

I keep a selection of different picks on top of my amp and think of them like having various guitar pedals. I have a very thin floppy full sized pick for Johnson Brothers-style funk rhythm (where the pick hit is PART of the total sound) and a full sized heavy pick (my old favorite) so I can use the back corner for a rounder slop getting across string groups.

I think of them like drummers do various cymbals. I have favorites, but some picks are simply perfect for special effects and sounds I want to hear.

It all depends what sound I hear in my head and I now instinctively know what pick will give me the closest sound.

I almost use different picks to make up for not having a compressor onboard. It's strange, but it's just become habit now.

I wish I could use a thumb pick well....but I tend to use stay with a small pick and fingers for rockabilly/Scotty Moore/Brian Setzer stuff. I completely lose picks for a cool Keb' Mo' country funk finger pickin' groove.

If I actually think about my pick usage, I get myself confused. It's become automatic over the years.   ::)

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2007, 07:33:54 AM »
for electric, when i first started it felt easier to play with finger when doing single notes or scales, and i didn't have the patience to use the pick but after a couple of weeks of practicing witht the pick, it makes a huge difference in tone, speed, and accuracy... Sometimes on slow ballads i'll just use my fingers, but 90% of the time i use my pick,

For acoustic i'll use a Dunlop .40 (something) nylon pick, for some reason it just sounds better to me... (and sometimes i use more of my fingers on acoustic) usually slower songs...

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2007, 09:19:18 AM »
+1 on "both"

I'll even switch back and forth in one song.  There are certain licks that I just like with my fingers better.  I can hit those bluesy "slurry of notes" licks better with my fingers.

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2007, 10:45:33 AM »
+2 on both

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2007, 05:02:55 PM »
...for jazzy stuff my fingers ...for everything else...a pick!

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2007, 12:58:06 AM »
Both,for one thing,i can not keep up with my picks.If i did not know better,i think they had legs.Also,from time to time,while you are playing,you are going to DROP >:( your pick.BOTH 

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2007, 12:06:52 PM »
Both. And that's all i'm gonna say about dat. ;)

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2007, 06:40:51 AM »
I use a pick alomost exclusively.  Sometimes I'll play octaves with my thumb to get a jazzy/Wes Montgomery feel or play some finger syle comp cords over bass lines, but I am not a master of that style.  Interestingly, I play bass guitar exclusivley with my fingers.
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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2007, 08:49:16 PM »
Both,depends on which guitar.For electrics,picks only.When playing the classical,fingers only.Acoustic,picks or fingers,depends on the song.

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2007, 02:52:09 AM »
I'd like to bring up another point on fingers.
Does anyone know how to reduce finger moisture after several hours of playing?
I've tried a dry towel and baby powder. They both remind me of my bowling years. I've also tried "Finger Ease" but real problem is finger moister.

Send me some feedback...Thanks!
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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2007, 04:14:10 PM »
I'd like to bring up another point on fingers.
Does anyone know how to reduce finger moisture after several hours of playing?
I've tried a dry towel and baby powder. They both remind me of my bowling years. I've also tried "Finger Ease" but real problem is finger moister.

Send me some feedback...Thanks!

I use a little cloth to wipe my fingers and my strings to reduce rust and whatnot

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2007, 04:47:02 PM »
The style I normally play requires the use of a thumb pick and fingers.  When working with others I normally use a flat pick.

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Re: Fingers.....
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2007, 08:26:49 PM »
I mostly use a pick but I rarely use my fingers. Can someone explain to me other styles of picking?
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