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Old 11-21-2020, 08:00 PM
macmanmatty macmanmatty is offline
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It took me about 6 months of practice using only thumb / finger picks when playing; to fully get used to a thumb pick. Since I don't grow my nails out like Chet Atkins I have to use finger picks with one too. I used one on and off for years but could never get used to it. Till the sound lady who ran the open mic told me you need to make your guitar louder if you want people to hear you, and using finger picks and a thumb pick was the only way I could do that. Now it feels weirder not to use them when playing. My fingers just feel naked without them on . My take is learn to use them they improve accuracy, loudness and tone ten fold. Also Travis style with a palm muted bass will next to impossible with out a thumb pick. I use a national large white plastic thumb-pick and dunlop metal finger-picks.
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