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Poll: How many of you play without a pick?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by El Tele Lobo, Dec 29, 2020.

Do you play with or without a pick?

  1. With a pick

  2. Without a pick - fingerstyle only!

  3. Hybrid pick with a flatpick

  4. Hybrid pick with a thumbpick - Chet, Jerry and Tommy can't be wrong!

  5. Fingerstyle with thumb and fingerpicks - I'll be a few minutes suiting up, guys

  6. I just bang on the thing with my caveman club, drumsticks or whatever's handy

  7. I'm a rock guy - I just tap and djent

  8. I pick my nose, mostly

  9. I just collect plectra because I like all the neat shapes and pretty colors

  10. I do whatever the situation calls for or inspiration dictates (or if I can't find a pick)

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  1. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    You're supposed to throw it to the pretty girl (or wife) in the front row! :cool:
     
  2. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I still find myself doing this too...at least, when I was still playing in worship band. KOVID has kept me away and attending from home...since I work in a hospital.
     
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  3. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think Hercos are the only comfortable thumbpicks I've ever used...
     
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  4. El Tele Lobo

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    I added a choice for this after the fact. I'm pretty much the same way.
     
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  5. El Tele Lobo

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    I added a whatever inspiration dictates option...or you can choose more than one selection.
     
  6. Gardo

    Gardo Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I learned to play on an acoustic guitar and using my thumb just felt more natural. Eventually I began adding a finger or two. Then I went to electric and preferred the sound with a pick so I began only using pick for electric or acoustic. Now I do whatever feels right .
     
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  7. JRapp

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    Flatpick, thumbpick, fingers, whatever works.
     
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  8. Gardo

    Gardo Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Funny thing, everybody has tried to push me to use a thumb pick and I have tried. I just prefer using the callus on the side of my thumb especially on acoustic bass. I worked hard to get to develop it and I'm gonna' keep using it
     
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  9. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I always grab a pick, but since I learned bass I’ve noticed I can play most lead and riffs fingerstyle.
     
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  10. Leonardocoate

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    I go back and forth, but I am best with my fingers on a classical or archtop. This years goal is to be able to switch seamlessly during a song. I have seen guitarist move the pick to their thumb or between their index finger (Joe B). I can't get the hang of it....Does it mean anything when the people in the front row give back your pick?
     
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  11. HoodieMcFoodie

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    On acoustic I tend more often than not to fingerpick. I keep my fingernails short and use the fleshy pads on my fingertips to get a nice warm tone.

    If I'm playing electric then I will use a pick.
     
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  12. Stringbanger

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    I rarely use my fingers, unless the song is better-suited for finger style.

    I started playing guitar with a pick and I guess it just stuck. Part of the reason is that I played acoustic guitar for many years in jam sessions. Usually 6 or more musicians were there, so I needed to project volume.

    I used Hercos up until about 25 years ago (the gold ones). Since the I use the Jim Dunlop 1 mm (black ones), whether I’m playing electric or acoustic.
     
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    It becomes almost an automatic thing to palm the flatpick when you go to fingerpick. I hold it against my palm with ring and pinky and finger pick with the first three fingers. Can do it in the middle of a solo once you get the hang of it.
     
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  14. srblue5

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    Depends on the context.

    Most of the time when I'm playing songs solo, I play fingerstyle so I can accompany myself and fill up the sound a bit (also to challenge myself a bit). Sometimes I use a fingerpick or hybrid pick. The only times I rely on a pick completely while playing solo are when I'm practicing, figuring out a complex lick, or recording by myself.

    One of the bands I play in is roots-oriented, so I do a mix of playing fingerstyle and using a pick. Sometimes it depends on what the other guitarist is playing, since he's mostly a pick player.

    The other band I play in is a larger kind of "showband" (for weddings, parties, church social occasions, etc.), so my fingerstyle playing would get lost in the mix of instruments. I pretty much exclusively use a pick then.

    I also sometimes pick my nose. True bypass, right there.
     
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  15. schmee

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    I would play more with the fingers but by the time I get in the mix with a drummer and bassplayer who are not great at laying back in the groove, it just doesn't seem like enough attack. I hybrid pick a lot though. These guys have dynamics within the song, but are basically hard drivin.
     
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    I put the pick down at times, but I couldn't really explain why. Just an impulse.

    I guess I don't mind feeling less helpless when the moment comes and you "need" a pick and don't have one.

    Btw, I like the blue "Tortex" picks from Dunlop and keep those around, regardless. Why? They're about 1.12 mm and that's the correct gap on the spark plugs on most of my cars.
     
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    Richie Kotzen is one of the most underrated guitarists and vocalists in rock n roll.
     
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  19. Leonardocoate

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    Good tip....I haven't tried that yet....thx
     
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  20. Recalcitrant

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    Been finger-stylin’ more than two years and prefer that sound, but someone always says “hey don’t you want a pick?” So it seems I have a ways to go. ‘Course covering many classics does require a pick.
     
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