no, I don't mean nail biting or cleaning I'm new and learning and making all kinds of mistakes, that's all the norm. My question revolves around right hand picking/plucking. I've worked with the pad of the finger to varying inconsistent results. I do get consistent results when using the gap area between nail and pad/tip. So I am not using my nail only, nor the pad/tip - it's a little of both. I catch the tip first and then pluck with the nail, but almost at the same time .. kind of hard to describe. The question: Should I continue to work with pad only until it's better or let it come around during the course of learning as I work out different sounds? I do have decent callous buildup on my fingers, surely not as much as a veteran player but I can feel it and my fingers do not get sore no matter which way I practice. I practice roughly an hour a night after my fiddle practice.