Play electric with or without pick?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by bluesholyman, Jan 3, 2020.

Do you play most of the time with or without a pick?

  1. With Pick

    69 vote(s)
    35.0%
  2. Without Pick

    34 vote(s)
    17.3%
  3. Both

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    47.7%
  1. bluesholyman

    bluesholyman Tele-Afflicted

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    Just curious which way people play most of the time. I don't really hear about [famous] players who don't use a pick and then you have Jeff Beck who totally blows the curve on just about every level, including not using a pick.

    I mostly don't use a pick right now but am leaning towards using one for more attack and dynamic control. Just wondering where people are at on this.
     
  2. Milspec

    Milspec Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Lots of greats don't use a pick on stage, but I am not one of them. I require a pck, but wish I didn't. The pick gives you a more amplified sound and in most cases a cleaner note seperation so it works really well in recording....live can go either way.

    I am a huge Mark Knopfler fan and he is all over the map on the issue. He plays mostly with fingers on stage, pick in the studio, and sometimes both at the same time. Incredible player....I just can't emulate his style.
     
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    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've always played with a pick. Love the guys that don't though. It looks a lot harder.
     
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  4. Marquee Moon

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    Certain kinds of music require a pick. for spanish type music or more rootsy blues or jangely music, fingers can be cool.
     
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  5. michaelclements

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    I cup my pick into my middle finger and clutch it while finger picking, but I use a pick most of the time.
     
  6. Obsessed

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    I am definitely a 50/50 player on electric. Both have great advantages and I will set the pick aside for certain parts of a song and then pick it up again. I don't do the hybrid at all.

    So you need a third box on your poll ... "or both".
     
  7. Wyzsard

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    Both, about 50/50.
     
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    Both.
     
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  9. bgmacaw

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    I started out playing classical guitar so fingers is how I originally learned. Then I used a pick for a long time when I started playing electric. I gradually went back to fingerstyle starting about 10 years ago when I started working hard on playing slide. And that's what I do almost all the time now, slide or no slide.

    My playing style is probably closest to Lindsey Buckingham's although I'm not anywhere near as talented.

     
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  10. rolandson

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    It's really not, just different. I actually think it's easier, but I buffer that with realizing that I started out finger picking and learning to use a pick was rather difficult.

    What I think is insane are those finger pick things some players stick on their fingers.
     
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  11. harpdog

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    Usually with a pick but I also fingerpick and play some split string stuff with pick and added middle finger
     
  12. El Tele Lobo

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    I play electric mostly with a pick...or hybrid. But I play often with just my fingers also...especially jazz, delta blues or slide.
     
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    Not only do I play electric guitar 100% with a pick....I play bass with a pick as well. I'm not good enough with my fingers to get that "snap" with my fingers......plus on guitar my nails are too brittle and weak. I use a pretty stiff pick (Clayton 1.26mm) for everything.
     
  14. Jupiter

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    I tend to switch back and forth, on the scale of years: a couple years with a pick, couple years without. Just coming back to the pick these days...
     
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    Poll is useless without a "both" option.
     
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    I'm a lefty who learned to play decades ago righty, so I lack the dexterity with a pick most folks have. I have developed a style that works for me - using my right thumb and forefinger. I'm never gonna be able to play a blizzard of 64th notes, but it allows me to express myself well - better than I could with a pick.
     
  17. bluesholyman

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    Done.
     
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    Ta.
     
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  19. Deeve

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    Gots picks
    but
    Drops picks
    a lot, so. . .
     
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    Acoustic or electric, I play about 80% fingerstyle. The finger styles I use are varied. I use my thumb only for a couple of jazz numbers. I don't use Travis picking at all but I often play chords as arpeggios emulating the way pianists play. I play fingerstyle solos off chords, some of them blue grass fast. I use thumb strums, fingernail down strokes, and thumb nail upstrokes as needed and also play double and triple stops fingerstyle. I use my left hand for hammers, slides, and pull offs. Truth be told, I find I have more different ways to play using various finger styles making playing with a pick just another option. Deeve^^^ says he drops picks. I've yet to have a finger fall off.
     
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