Im experimenting with using my index finger as you would a pick, using down and up strokes. Up untill now I have been using the single finger flicking motion where your thumb rests on the pickup or a string and one finger plucks the string normally and then just flicks back out hitting the string with the nail. I do this for playing fast metal stuff. This seems to be a very easy way to play those 16th notes in fast songs. However, having not used this technique for that long, I see (hear) 2 problems using it: 1. Fatigue. I get tired from doing this flicking motion pretty fast. 2. Attack. The notes can seem like a blur because of lack of a distinct attack of each note. I realize that those problems could be reduced by practicing and developing more enduring muscles and hard skin. I would think that using a finger as a pick instead, would be less tiresome and easier to get better attack, but maybe a bit harder to play fast and remain control and to revert to the standard fingering position. So I was hoping ppl would discuss/compare these 2 techniques: using a finger as a pick and the flicking technique. I tried using search, but couldnt find a thread about ONLY this Thoughts, comments?