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Old 02-09-2019, 08:41 AM
Acoustic_Stevo Acoustic_Stevo is offline
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Rev Gary Davis was another thumb and index finger player.

Gordon Giltrap has an unusual style. He uses a plectrum and his little finger only.

Personally, I’m a thumbpick with index, middle and ring finger picker, with the little finger planted on the soundboard.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:56 AM
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Sorry if already mentioned, but the Africans are usually quite insistent on the use of only thumb and first finger. I once read an interview with Jean Bosco Mwenda (most famous tune 'Masanga'), and he described the importance of not using the other fingers as there's a more consistent tone just using thumb and index.
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:16 AM
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I started using thumb and three fingers. Then I had some lessons with a blue fingerpicker, and he mentioned I would probably be more agile using just two fingers.

For me, he was right. My ring finger follows my middle finger a bit and isn't so independent or agile. My index and middle fingers move independently and are strong. So now I only use the ring finger when I need to, otherwise it is just thumb, index, and middle.
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