Just curious

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by OneKillWonder, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. how many of you finger style players like me have tried...but cannot even come close to playing as fast with a pick as you can with your fingers. i suck with a pick i know... im just curious if anyone else can play faster with their fingers than a pick?
  2. I definitely suck at playing with a pick, but I can appreciate a great pick player (do we have to name them again?). :)
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    I am still trying to get with a pick. I mainly use one on simpler stuff, anything with a bunch of string skipping and will use my fingers.

    I had one pick that a guitarist friend left at my house, a .43, and it was perfect until I broke it after five minutes.
  4. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Although I do use both, I favor fingers... I can do it with a pick, but it doesn't feel as good.. ;)
  5. uglycicles

    uglycicles Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Southwest Chicago
    ditto for me. I just can't hack it with a pick. at rehearsal last night I was going for a Berry Oakley pickstyle type of vibe on an ABB tune and found it was just way too sloppy - fingers were much more fluid. I guess I just need to practice with it but I've always preferred fingerstyle.

    the only exception where I'll use a pick is the very few times that I have to sing - for some reason in my brain I can't put fingerstyle and singing together and a pick helps me keep the groove... anyone else have this issue?
  6. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I can almost play as fast with my fingers as a pick, but I get worn out pretty fast and it's not as clean. When it's important, I will use a pick. No shame in that!

    I use the thickest, smallest picks I can find. Usually 1.5mm jazz picks. It keeps your fingers closest to the strings, so you don't have a huge piece of plastic flapping away in the wind that you are trying to do precision work with.
  7. for string-skipping stuff eg. alternating octaves and crossing high to low strings, and triplets (with three fingers) I'm faster fingerstyle.

    for simple 16th note/8ths at a fast tempo (eg. Parallel Universe, New Gold dream, Where the streets have no name, Duchess) lines and some crossing low to high strings riffs, I'm faster with a pick.
  8. DaemonBass


    Mar 29, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    I play guitar and bass, but started with bass first playing fingerstyle. So, if I'm playing the bass and I *need* speed then I gotta have a pick, as I have spent a huge amount of time getting my alternate picking up to snuff. Though I can play at a decent rate using my fingers I just can't move em as fast as a quick wrist-style picking. I see this topic comes up a lot, every know and then somebody disses playing with a pick, which is funny because I'd bet dollars to donuts people that say that can't play pickstyle worth a darn ;)
  9. its true...i suck with a pick
  10. I used to be fingers mainley. Then i took up pick style...and it really grew on me...i kinda perfer it now. Nothing sounds more aggressive to me than Rick's and Pick's :cool:
  11. WillPlay4Food

    WillPlay4Food Now With More Metal! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2002
    Orbiting HQ
    Every once in a while I try playing with a pick. I really suck at it LOL! But, I watched Carol Kaye's Bass Instruction DVD and I dig her way of playing with a pick. Seems to make it much easier to play syncopated rhythms and such if you have your picking hand moving with your tapping foot, which there doesn't seem to be a way to do this as easily when playing finger style.