Time it took to switch from fingerstyle to thumb pick

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by 1955, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

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    How long did it take you? I'm gonna likely have to do it soon. Help appreciated!
     
  2. old goat

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    Why do you think there'll be a problem? If there is an issue it might be volume, unless you use fingerpicks as well. It might take a little while to learn to thumb pick more gently but not long.
     
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    It wasn't overly hard as I remember. What did take years of practicing was speed. The hybrid pickers generally are faster but watch Brent's right hand technique when doing the fast runs.
     
  4. Del Pickup

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    I've tried thumbpicks and fingerpicks off and on over the years but just can't get into them so I always go back to my bare fingers.
     
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    I am currently working on it and have been committed to it for the last 2 years ,i would say it depends on the techniques you already have in hand , and a good amount of will and time .

    I believe that if you do something 21 days in a row it becomes you , as soon as you sit down you practice , watching tv practice , and so on.

    On the technical side, the thumb pick is used almost only to do down stroke and the up stroke is done with the fingers , in some cases i will support the pick with my index finger to do alternate picking .

    There are variation on the finger technique some time i only use the index and thumb like Merle Travis , then use one of the others on notes i cant play usually offbeat notes , or all tree when making chords like Robert Johnson , seamlessly going from to the other and blending it , created great enjoyment .


    I am not exactly where i want to be but surely getting there .

    I hope my last video inspires you to go for it.



    Best regards

    Mark
     
  6. dmoss74

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    i switch back and forth. i like the tp, because it's easier to get palm mutes, from that angle.
     
  7. 1955

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    Thank you all for the help!

    I have acrylics on index middle and ring, but because my nail bed has been very damaged by fungus on my index, I am having a lot of trouble and need to leave the acrylic off for a while on that finger, which I was using like a flat pick.
     
  8. Bongocaster

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    I have mine adjusted or turned so that the pick is more towards the tip of my thumb instead of sticking out the side. It might help.
     
  9. 1955

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    Thanks!
     
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