It just hit me...

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  1. Jakedog

    Jakedog Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    That I don’t play electric guitar with a pick any longer. I’m not even sure how it happened. I was just sitting here watching TV and noodling, and it occurred to me that I haven’t used a pick in forever. I was always kinda hybrid style, playing with a pick and middle finger. But now everything is all thumb and fingers. I don’t remember the last time I used a pick on my electric. I’ll bet it’s been over a month.

    So I pulled a pick out of my pocket and tried it. Not only do I suck at it, but it sounds awful!

    Oddly, I still totally need it to play acoustic...
     
  2. RetroTeleRod

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    Works for Lindsey Buckingham. :)
     
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    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I do that a bit - but not much. I tend to use my index fingernail like a pick - but much playing like that and it would be worn off.

    I never really learned to fingerpick. I probably should. Right after I learn to play better. :lol:
     
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    If it wouldn’t invalidate my 4-figure pick collection I’d give it a shot;).
    Actually, I’ve been using a couple picks from specialty makers that are smaller than a Jazz III. Man, I’m close to the strings, but I’m really starting to dig it. Feels like I’m cheating almost; I can imagine going to fingers. I’ve actually dabbled a bit.
     
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    Jakedog Knofler
     
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    I have saved myself a tremendous amount of money not having to buy picks since I began playing guitar in my mid teens. :)
     
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    Have you gigged without a pick? I ask because 1) hardly any of us have gigged in the timeframe you mention, and 2) that's where the real test is, I think

    as an aside, i know that under normal circumstances, the answer would be "well, of course I have, duh"
     
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    I've tried it a few times but I really a pick. A really heavy pick - V-Pick Screamer
     
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    I too have ended up in the same boat over the last couple of years. It started out hybrid picking "Sultans of Swing" and kind of "progressed" from there. I found the tone so much better and controllable that before long the sound of a pick was thin and nasally to my ears. That's the hard part when you try to describe the tones you may be seeking. It's a whole different sound/level of attack etc. I realize that my homegrown version of attempted hybrid picking is rudimentary at best, but you can still pull off some new and interesting licks once you get into it a bit. When I did use a pick solely, I would choke way up on it with just the very edge protruding and it was kind of a half index fingernail/half pick approach. I still have no problem utilizing the nail tip when needed and only reach for a pick when I need it for the really heavier, faster "brootz" (which I rarely play any more) rhythms. Still fun to see the local Guitar Center "assistant's" faces when they try to offer me a pick to try out a guitar and I politely decline. Unlike you, I started the no pick approach on acoustic years before even considering or trying it on electric.
     
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    Same. Stopped when my kids were little and I was worried about having the choking hazards around.

    But I am equally bad with fingers or a pick and possibly with my toes.
     
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    …..and Ritchie Kotzen, Mark Knopfler….oh oh oh...let us not forget the "esteemed" Mr. Steven Seagal :lol: Not mocking his guitar playing abilities, just him in general :rolleyes:
     
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    Same thing happened me loads of years ago. The biggest bother I found was my nails didn't stand up to gigging. They split,wore away and generally didn't stick the pace,so at the start I had to keep a plectrum as the reserve team!

    Eventually I settled on painting several layers of acrylic over my nails and this worked well most times,except when a string sometimes went behind the nail and wheeked it off mid song! :eek:

    I don't gig any longer,but my nails are still crap,so I use tissue paper and superglue like you would working with fibreglass.

    Because I have nails,I have to use a pick for bass,so all the purists can shoot me now! :p
     
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    Nobody has ever dropped a finger on a dark stage .
     
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    check it
     
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    On a possibly related subject.....aren't you a vocalist, as well as guitar player, Jakedog? The voice is something that has to be kept in shape, like any muscle. I've always been a "lead" vocalist, even when I had a "singer/frontman"........but I sang while playing at home the other day, and I'm WAY out of shape. Not gigging is hurting my vocal performance, and I bet many of you guys as well. I'm gonna start singing more, just to be ready for coming days.
     
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    I have lost a nail though! Oh the drama. :lol:
     
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    I just bought 2 dozen picks. Already lost 23 of them. I'll be back to pickless tomorrow.
     
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    Here’s another NO PICK player. :) Andy Martin.

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    OK .. ??

    Wouldn't be my first choice :D

     
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    Maybe 8 years ago I decided to try to teach myself finger picking. I started with one song. I added another and another until I could play almost everything finger style. As I added more songs, my finger style improved and began to branch into a number of finger styleS. I’m using my thumb for jazz now and can manage 16th note triplets, something I could never do with a pick. I use thumb nail upstrokes to kick up a little dirt. All in all, I’d say I’m a finger style player. Still, there are five songs where I really like the tone and attack I get from a pick. I can play them finger style and would if I were in GC, but fingers and picks are tools in the kit with fingers having one distinct advantage. I’ve never dropped one in the middle of a solo. :lol:
     
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