Thumbpicking electric guitar

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  1. boredguy6060

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    My uncle who taught me so much as a kid used his right thumb for making chords. But when I saw a instructor, he would always criticize the technique .
    I felt superior in some ways to my uncle because he was unschooled, now I’m sure he’s looking down at me having the last laugh.
     
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    Freddie King... Thumb pick and one finger pick... Not what I'd call a soft attack!!! :p


     
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    Yeah that was odd, I would swear that's one of those deep fake videos but who would go through the trouble.
     
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    He's a 6th degree black belt. Just read the back of all his videos.
     
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    JJ Cale was a thumbler.

    Nice video showing his technique. Lots of thumbling.

     
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    Can I add another Larry Campbell effort.?.....this just blew me away.
     
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    He bears a striking resemblance to Count Chocula. Get that man a cape.
     
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    Surely Mark Knopfler deserves mention.
     
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  10. boredguy6060

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    He was the first player in a rock band that I noticed used his thumb to pick with.
    We need to call me up with a name for this style of playing. I keep stumbling around it.
     
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    I missed a few posts on the first page,
    Yes, Mark Knopfler definitely deserves mention, in fact he adds legitimacy to it imo.
     
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    Damn!!
    That boys got some heat!

    I don’t know how I missed so many posts on the first page.
     
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    I used to use a thumb pick a lot but as I started playing more and more slide, I went bare fingers except when I'm playing a resonator. Then I use metal thumb and finger picks.
     
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    Jared James Nichols is my new favorite.

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    No mention yet of Johnny Winter. What that man could do with a thumb pick is nothing short of amazing.
     
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    Check my post #16.....but that's OK.....Johnny's worth another mention. :)
     
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    Took a year of classical guitar and it opened up a lot of options including on electrics. I rarely use a pick now and agree that certain guitars react better than others, especially when plugged into an amp. The ones that work best for me are Gretsches and maple neck teles. My LP copy and strats take more concentration due to the hot pickups on the former and the third pickup on the latter.

    That being said, I am not capable of shredding so the finger style method works great. Trying to play something like G'n'R is a little challenging...
     
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    John Cippolina?
     
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    That guy playing with JJ can do some nice stuff with the thumb too...

     
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    Pretty low bar you've set for him there... :p
     
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