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Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by bluesholyman, Jan 3, 2020.
The bumblebee - I stumbled across these at a Sam Ash in Charlotte many many years ago....had never seen them before that....and haven't seen them since....at least in retail...
for a thumb pick, its my favorite...
i designed my own pick years ago. it blows the bumblebee out of the water. i even tried selling them for a while, but how much can you really charge for a hand made guitar pick?
Sorry..I've never learned how to play without a pick.
I do both. I use the "cup" method of keeping the pick in my hand and switching back and forth.
I like the older wide string spacing on a strat for fingerpicking because its comfortable and the brighter sound helps with the duller sounding fingers.
I always play slide with fingers so I can mute unused strings. Thumb does the wound strings, first, middle and ring do the plain strings.
Hybrid picking isn't my strong suit, but I do that too sometimes as well.
I'd love to be better with fingers but I'm slowly getting there
Been playing some flow picks and I like them a lot. Feels more controlled and precise. I think I’m hooked.
Matteo Mancuso plays exclusively with his fingers, yet he can get amazing and proper tone playing hot tele Brent Mason style. Just an amazing player, a teen in this smoking video.
That is some beautiful playing.
I cast my vote as both....though I think I play electrics with a pick probably close to 95% of the time and then I'd give another 2.5% to without and to hybrid picking respectively (which I suppose when you boil it down, hybrid picking is playing with a pick lol).
I play guitar without a pick
I play bass with a pick
Would hybrid picking count as "both", or is it a separate thing all on it's own? I nearly always have a pick, held with my thumb and forefinger, but use my middle and ring fingers nearly as much as the pick, and often at the same time.
I use both at the same time, I will use a pick say for lead runs , then use my middle finger nail to get a stacato type pinched harmonic pick attack
Both but I mainly use my plectrum. Playing with the fingers on an electric guitar with slinky strings I find it much harder than on a classical guitar for instance.
i make them out of brass now.
I find a pick much harder. But I am primarily an acoustic guitar player, and a fingerstyle guitarist. I wish the pick was easier, because it gives a nice edge to the attack. But I don't play lead, so it isn't that important.
Not using a pick allows me to use five fingers independently, like I do on acoustic (I hover my hand above the strings, so I'm not using my pinkie to rest on the guitar top). So with all five I can do some interesting things with rhythm and fills.
Trying to learn pick though! Any tips?
Trucks, Albert King, Buckingham, Kreiger, Knopffler, Richie Kotzen, and the list goes on. There are a lot of famous players who do not use picks.