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

    94 vote(s)
    47.7%
  1. Willie Johnson

    Willie Johnson TDPRI Member

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    No pick. Never really took to them--my dad strummed cowboy chords with his index fingernail when he taught them to me, and when I watched classical music instruction on public television, of course there was no pick there either. Then I got into blues and began to notice that a lot of my favorite guys didn't use them either. I'd be interested to learn about when picks were introduced into guitar playing; maybe after steel string acoustics were
    Introduced? When you look at African akonting and ngoni players, they use fingers; akonting players do clawhammer, and ngoni players use thumb downstroke and middle finger upstroke.
     
  2. AngelStrummer

    AngelStrummer Friend of Leo's

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    Heh heh heh, any reference is purely unwitting... Here in old blighty people refer to him like that on occasion and I've always found it mildly amusing :)
     
  3. Bill Sheehan

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    Hahahaha! I remember way back when Bill Clinton was President, his Surgeon General (Joycelyn Elders), in an effort to appear "hip" despite her advancing years, quipped, "I like Eric Clapner." Of course, she took a lot of grief over it...
     
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  4. AngelStrummer

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    And she still does! :D
     
  5. Bill Sheehan

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    Hahahahahahaha! We may be the only two!
     
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