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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by valleyartsman, Nov 9, 2005.
for strickly rhythm........i wouldn't use a thumbpick.
Put me in on the Thumb Pick, i have been playing the Thumb Pick and 2 Fingers Style for 20 years, i guess its what you start out with but its like starting over when i try a Flat pick.
Since I started on steel string acoustic (Folkie/ragtime/dreadnought-D18) in the early 60's, I've been using a thumb and fingerpicks. Right in the beginning I decided, intuitively, I wanted the fingerpicks bent minutely "hooked" at the very tips. It has served me well to this day, for chicken/popping etc., even with the Tele (my first elecric, at 73!) At this age I found, with my RH CTS, I also need to "leash" the fingerpicks with rubberbands, and I can "brush"-strum (as fast as I like, Carter "church-lick" style,) because the "hooks" also keep them from hanging up on the backhand stroke. And I never lose a pick in the 'box'...or across the room....
Yes I use a thumb pick even on a tele. I favor the Golden Gate yellow striped picks.
That's how I learned to play. I have a hard time with a flat pick.
I use a thumb pick or no pick.
I've tried to use a thumb pick, but just haven't been able to keep it from rolling around on my thumb.
I also find it very difficult to do alternate picking with a thumb pick. My cousin is a very good thumb pick picker, but has as much trouble using a flatpick as I do with a thumb pick.
I use my thumb and fingers, or pick and finders, or just pick. Thumbpicks and slide have so far eluded me for the most part. I guess I need to do some intensive wood shedding...
My cousin is great with a thumb pick. I wish I could use one as well.
Thumb picking really does open up a different world and I love it. I have been using them for about six months and have pretty much adapted to playing most music that I do. I had trouble using them with a Tele' at first because I would pick too deeply and hit the guitars body. But, thanks to Fred Kelly Slick Picks, I can manage pretty well now. Playing shuffle and Rockabilly type rhythms, is a challenge that I haven't totally figured out yet and find easier with a flat pick. But, I'm sure I will work it out with practice.
Do you really pick with your little finger?
I use these.
I used to use Fred Kelly bumble bee picks. Pricey jazz picks with a loop. These days, I'll use any kind and adjust my technique.
I mostly hybrid pick Danny Gatton style but use a thumb pick on banjo exclusively.
Just grow your thumbnail, no?