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Merritt To use finger picks or not? (21) RE: To use finger picks or not? 04 Dec 03


A couple of years ago I saw a neat listing of monster guitar players that had them divided into categories: barefingers pickers, flatpickers, fingerpick-pickers, use nails, etc. There are plenty of people (dead and living) who use(d) these different techniques and get/got excellent results. To echo what others have said, try 'em all and see what feels good, gives you the sound you want, etc.

I'm a 90% barefingers picker with a percussive sort of picking/plucking style. Look for brighter strings and tonewoods on my guitars. Flatpick some tunes and use a flatpick often for slide. But slide is a good example, some slide tunes IMHO sound much better when I'm playing with bare fingers; you get a different range of effects and tones with the slide.

- Merritt


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