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    Default Picks or No Picks. That is The Question

    I've probably got more picks than brain cells. Thin picks, medium picks, heavy. Fender, Dunlop, and every flavor in between.
    Copper, nylon, plastic, felt... You name it, I've probably tried it over the past forty years.

    And you know what? At the end of the day, i find that whatever pick I started with ends up clenched between my teeth as I play with my fingers.... Strumming, arpeggios, lead breaks, you name it, that elusive plectrum always ends up at the same place... Gnawed on. Am i the only one with this affliction?

    Surely not. What are your experiences?

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    Hello KWal,
    everybody has some habit, like you do... I'm not addicted to playing by fingers, I like more do it with pick. One of appreciated FT members gave to me as gift a dozen of yellow scalloped Dunlop picks, and still I have them! My favorites are medium and heavy picks, because thin picks crates odd sound I dislike.
    But - you do nothing wrong, just one way of playing axe. Enjoy!


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    I also often end up with the pick between my teeth. I've watched other players and tried tucking it away in my hand when I want to finger pick but usually ends up on the floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Bb View Post
    I also often end up with the pick between my teeth. I've watched other players and tried tucking it away in my hand when I want to finger pick but usually ends up on the floor.
    Same here. I've got one song that involves tapping with the RH. But I usually use a pick. The only problem is that there's simultaneous singing. Still haven't worked that one out fully...
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    I, too, have a medium sized box full of picks of every kind; regular ones to boutique bone picks. But right now I almost always use stubbies. I don't use my fingers much, but when I do (oh man, don't I sound like that Dos Equis commercial?), I usually tuck it between my forefinger and the edge of my palm. Its very precarious, but I manage not to drop it too often.

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    I'm thinking of giving one of these a try: https://www.amazon.de/s/ref=as_at?ie...0957&camp=1789
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    We do a lot of songs that range in dynamics, so I will often tuck the pick in somewhere and finger pick it. Then I'll go back to the plectrum when the song asks for it. I did try going sans pick for about 6 months, but eventually went back to using them frequently. When I do, I use V-picks, Dunlop Nylon .88 - 1.00, and some Dunlop Tortex 1.00. Of course, I do have a large assortment to choose from, including some nice bone and buffalo horn picks.
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    I only use medium picks. Mostly I play a hybrid style with a pick and fingers. Sometimes I use a pick only for certain songs. If I'm playing a song totally fingerstyle, I put the pick in me pocket. I rarely stick it in my teeth because I'm usually singing too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Bb View Post
    I'm thinking of giving one of these a try: https://www.amazon.de/s/ref=as_at?ie...0957&camp=1789
    I've got a couple of picks that are similar, but they just don't feel right in my hand. The angle is off from how I typically hold my plectrum, and I could never get used to them. It was like I was trying to play left handed. Into the pick box they went. Surprisingly, I found a little stubby (by Dunlop I believe) that works best for me lately. Little teeny-tiny thing about a half centimeter thick.

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    I still love the old Dava Control picks, but if I have to I'll use my nails or just start fingerpicking.
    "Ain't nobody leavin' this place without singin' the blues" - Albert Collins

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