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thumb pick

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by valleyartsman, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. jdfoosh357

    jdfoosh357 Tele-Holic

    581
    Oct 7, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    for strickly rhythm........i wouldn't use a thumbpick.
     

  2. tcouch

    tcouch Tele-Meister

    127
    Jan 12, 2004
    kentucky
    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.
     
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  3. RHytonen

    RHytonen TDPRI Member

    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.... IMG_1536.JPG IMG_1534.JPG
     
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  4. Dadzmad

    Dadzmad TDPRI Member

    22
    Sep 17, 2014
    Wisconsin USA
    Yes I use a thumb pick even on a tele. I favor the Golden Gate yellow striped picks.
     

  5. dustoff

    dustoff Tele-Meister

    Age:
    65
    125
    May 23, 2005
    Glenview Illinois
    That's how I learned to play. I have a hard time with a flat pick.
     
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  6. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2012
    Sou Cal
    I use a thumb pick or no pick.
     

  7. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    60
    Sep 2, 2016
    Houston, TX
    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...
     

  8. JustABluesGuy

    JustABluesGuy Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    60
    Sep 2, 2016
    Houston, TX
    My cousin is great with a thumb pick. I wish I could use one as well.
     

  9. murdude

    murdude TDPRI Member

    Age:
    68
    70
    Jun 16, 2017
    Brantford, Ontario
    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.
     

  10. DugT

    DugT TDPRI Member

    Age:
    67
    55
    Sep 22, 2017
    northern CA
    Do you really pick with your little finger?
     

  11. Crobbins

    Crobbins Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.

  12. SonsOfMoog

    SonsOfMoog Tele-Meister

    Age:
    31
    119
    Jul 22, 2017
    US
    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.
     
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  13. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Holic

    964
    May 6, 2012
    England
    Just grow your thumbnail, no?
     

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