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pick or fingers

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by morty25, Jul 7, 2002.

  1. which do you use a pick or your fingers?
    explain why
  2. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Wrong Forum.

  3. Fingers = more control + better sound (IMO, and more speed in my case because I am really slowww with a pick)

    Guess what I use
  4. NioeZero


    Sep 2, 2001

    I hit notes with a rainbow trout.
  5. lol
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  7. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Do. A. Search. It's. Easy.
  8. PICK


    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
  9. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Search, there is heaps of stuff.

    It depends on what music im playing.
  10. Well I use picks. It is better for the kind of music I play (metal) I think. It is much easier to go fast with pick (for me). Ex: to "roll" (don´t know if thats the english word for it) like in Cradle of Filth´s "heaven torn asunder". But for ballads I mainly use my fingers because it gives the tone a more "deep" sound.
  11. I used a finger, then fingers. Are we talking about noses or basses? I suppose if someone had told me I had to play bass with my toes, I would still be a stinkin' bass player?!

    Try it all and settle for what works for you. The more versatile you can be, the better player you might be. I think that works for others, not me though. I'd be the same no matter what I used. See previous "toe jam" remark.:D
  12. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    ......Both........of course.....;)
  13. Pick or finger makes a different sound, so the first concern is what sound you want to have. But sometimes a song asks for picks when a bright attack is in place. I prefer fingers because I have more contact with the instrument and can put more feeling in the play. Speed is of no concern here, fingers and picking can both be as fast as you like.

  14. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Whatever the song calls for. Why be pigeonhole into one technique when ther are so many.
    I play a little slap, I also play with my thumb for the dub tone. A little of everything goes a long way.
  15. I've been trying to play with a pick, but it just doesn't seem to be my thing, it feels unnatural to me ...
    I play a lot faster, more precise, with better timing and with much more feeling when using my fingers.
    The problem is that I prefer the sound when playing with a pick ...
  16. about choosing between a pick or fingers (i use both), do some of you guys change in the middle of a song from pick to fingers? it's something i've been wondering. and how do you change from fingers to pick quickly?
  17. SKB

    SKB Guest

    pick, fingers, and thumb. i use what feels good at the time.
  18. tim4003


    Apr 30, 2002
    Dawsonville , GA
    I hold the pick with my teeth when I'm not using it.
  19. bluesrocker1


    Jul 31, 2002
    I play with a pick most of the time but I also can play just as well with my fingers. I think it maybe because I started with guitar first. Anyway i dont think it matters as long as it sounds good to you.

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