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  • #31
    I went pickless for a while. I went back to a pick after I tried out a V-pick (the one that looks like a Jazz III). I've noticed that since I went back to a pick, I really do a ton of hybrid picking. I sometimes practice without a pick and then use one when I'm playing out or with others.


    I have that same pick, and its a great sounding pick on electrics (acoustics not so much). When I get back into electric playing a little more it'll probably be the main reason I'm using a pick. Too bad they are like $4 a pick a quite hard to find if you drop them.

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    • #32
      I have that same pick, and its a great sounding pick on electrics (acoustics not so much). When I get back into electric playing a little more it'll probably be the main reason I'm using a pick. Too bad they are like $4 a pick a quite hard to find if you drop them.


      They are expensive, but I think I tend to be very careful with where I keep them as a result. I've never lost one. Dropping them does suck, my best way of finding them is to place my head on the ground and look parallel to the floor. One of these days I might just put a little dob of orange nail polish on one side of them.

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      • #33
        On electric it's probably 50/50. On acoustic it's probably fingers 95 pick 5. I only use my fingertips and not nails.
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        • #34
          Very tasty and deep in the pocket. Sounded very Gilmour-ish

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          • #35
            They are expensive, but I think I tend to be very careful with where I keep them as a result. I've never lost one. Dropping them does suck, my best way of finding them is to place my head on the ground and look parallel to the floor. One of these days I might just put a little dob of orange nail polish on one side of them.


            I'm quite careful with mine, and whenever its ended up on the floor it was as a result of the cat thinking it's amusing to knock stuff over onto the floor. I've always been able to find it fortunately. They also make red and green ones that glow in the dark now, in response to complaints about how hard they are to find when dropped.

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            • #36
              I can't fingerpick either but when I play slide I use my fingers.

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              • #37
                It depends on the song. And that goes for both electric and acoustic. I always use picks when I play bass, though. The long guitar-nails doesn't seem to work that well when it comes to the bass. But I digress.
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                • #38
                  I can't fingerpick either but when I play slide I use my fingers.
                  That's the only way to properly do right-hand string muting when playing slide.

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                  • #39
                    Very tasty and deep in the pocket. Sounded very Gilmour-ish
                    Much appreciated. I get the Gilmour thing a lot, but he uses a pick most of the time. Is it the note choice?

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                    • #40
                      Much appreciated. I get the Gilmour thing a lot, but he uses a pick most of the time. Is it the note choice?


                      Yeah, it must be the note choice because as far as I can tell Gilmour always uses a pick.

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                      • #41
                        i fingerpick a few of our songs, its fun. the other guitar player in my old band never used a pick and sounded amazing, even fast solos, he is a great player.
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                        • #42
                          I pretty much use hybrid picking for everything. It's really been a habit of mine since I was 14. I learned some cool ZZ Top licks, and I liked the way I could play two parts on a guitar, one with a pick and one without. I'm guilty of doing walking bass lines while chording, and playing lead parts while chording as well.
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                          • #43
                            I prefer using a pick but on acoustic, I largely prefer fingers. I don't use nails, either, just fingers.
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                            • #44


                              Bravo! You, young man, are one of the better players I've heard/seen on this forum. Bends in tune, expressive vibrato. Best of luck with your music. Thanks for sharing.

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                              • #45
                                I never use a pick except maybe for heavy strumming songs. There are some downsides. Nails get worn...and I tend to have to mod amps brighter that others might like. But you definitely can get more music out of a guitar fingerpicking than flat picking.
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