After 30 years of playing electric guitars...got rid of my picks

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  1. mikeratan00

    mikeratan00 Supporting Member

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    Thumbs/fingers can produce some magic tones!!
     
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    8 years ago, no regrets
     
  4. Decal

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    It's like not wearing a condom.

    Did I just say that?
     
  5. still.ill

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    i never get these kind of threads, sure for some things using fingers is a lot easier, but how are you supposed to play any kind of harder rock/metal with just fingers?
    try playing "Fight Fire with Fire" with your fingers

    makes more sense to learn how to play with your fingers, but keep the picks handy somewhere close by, not just get rid of them
     
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    I gave up picks in 1989 after being hit by a car and breaking my wrist badly. Could never get the mobility back 100% so just went with the fingers only and never looked back. The fingers do provide a more tactile experience and the access to many more textures and tones than a pick alone. That said, I wish I could use the hybrid pick between thumb and index and use the rest for finger picking. Even before that happened I was into finger picking primarily because of Lindsay Buckingham but also Jeff Beck and Knopfler. It's a whole other world of playing.
     
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    I would guess the op doesn't do hard rock/metal.

    But yeah I agree.
     
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    It's possible to play hard rock stuff without a pick. It requires changing your approach but also opens up a unique voice opportunity.

    What's not to get? Some just prefer (find it much easier and satisfying) to play with the fingers and no pick.
     
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    hard rock maybe, but definitely not metal. again try playing something with metal tremolo picking with your fingers, or even palm muting power chords, its not going to have the "right" sound.
     
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    You're right. You don't get it.

    He said, "thumbs/fingers can produce some magic tones." He didn't say he'd never use picks again, or everyone should ditch theirs.
     
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    in the title thread he says

    "got rid of my picks";

    he didn't say "decided to switch to playing with fingers for a while", he said "got rid of his picks".
    that implies he wouldn't use picks again. if someone said "i got rid of my guitars " we can imply that they won't be playing guitar any time in the near future.

    I never disagreed that "thumbs/fingers can produce some magic tones".
     
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    I've tried to put the pick down, but then I weaken, and go right back to it. I'm actually envious of you 'all fingers all the time' guys.

    Maybe I need to enroll in a program or go to a retreat.
     
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    My mouth is where I store mine when I'm playing with my fingers. I would guess the OP has zero interest in playing metal, as I'm sure others have no interest in playing dynamic blues, which I find easier to play with the pick in my mouth. When it's time to shred a little, or do some funky comping it's pick time. Saliva covered and all.
     
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    Hey, I use both my fingers and a flat pick....I can also iuse a thumbpick grasped between my index finger and thumb as a flat pick if I need to.
    I just depends on what the situation calls for. But it's good to have the flexibility to be able to have all of these right hand techniques at my disposal.
    And, it took awhile to incorporate them in my playing, but worth it.
     
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    Do you think about when you are going to switch, or do you find yourself all the sudden fingerpicking and didn't consciously think about making the switch?
     
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    Seems much better than the old Hendrix technique where he just used his teeth. I'm sure you hit the strings more precisely that way. :D
     
  17. H. Mac

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    I swore off picks in 1971. Never missed them. Thumb and three fingers - that's it.
     
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    I still use a pick for some things.
    Fingers about 80% of the time.
    I agree it gives a more tactile feel.

    I generally enjoy the tone & dynamic control of fingers more.
     
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    Haha
     
  20. Decal

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    Well there's Richie Kotzen for harder stuff...but here's a nice case in point:

     

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