Originally posted by harryjmic
The whole reason I stopped using a pick is because in order to use it you have to pinch your fingers together. Holding your fingers together creates tension. I tried circle picking, using your wrist, using your elbow etc... nothing ever did it for me. I used sit there and freak out about possibly losing the pick during a show.
Since I stopped using a pick my hand naturally stays relaxed and I never have to worry about switching to fingerpicking tune or part. I battled the relaxed hand thing for a long time and finally gave up. I'll tell you what though, it was well worth it.
I only have trouble with a couple things finger picking, and it usually relates to double stop type stuff. I can't figure out if I want to pluck the strings with two fingers or strum it with just one. It is getting better though.
OK...question from an obvious pick addict. When strumming, what part(s) of your finger(s) actually contact the strings? Ever get sore? Loose nails? Thanks, AC