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Finger-Picking: Nails? Flesh? Both?

Discussion in 'Theory and Technique' started by david henman, Jun 2, 2009.

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How Do You Fingerpick?

  1. Flesh/Fingertips

    57 vote(s)
    50.9%
  2. Fingernails

    13 vote(s)
    11.6%
  3. Both

    42 vote(s)
    37.5%
  4. Finger Picks

    4 vote(s)
    3.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Morkolo

    Morkolo

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2010
    Location:
    Western Newfoundland
    I didn't know about the Vpicks Chester thumbpick even being available, the only problem I have with thumbpicks is whether or not they stay in place because I'm heavy with my thumb. At $25 a pick it's an expensive gamble when it comes to pick prices anyway.
     
  2. loudtubeamps

    loudtubeamps

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Location:
    North shore :Prince Edward Island
    I weaned myself off of picks about 10 years ago.
    I like the tones and pulls and stuff that you can only get with the fingers.

    https://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m570/loudtubeamps/DSC03686.jpg
    [​IMG]:rockon2:
    Must have been a good jam, I guess.........where am I, what day is it?
    I'll use a flat pick now and then for pickin' Bluegrass. cheers, d
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2012
  3. SevenGates

    SevenGates

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2012
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
    Always gotta go with the sweet spot of combining the nail and finger tip. :)
     
  4. bchaffin72

    bchaffin72

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2012
    Location:
    Stratford,ON
    I don't finger pick very often, but tend to use flesh when I do. I keep my nails short because I can't stand to feel them digging into the neck against my fingers, so flesh it is.
     
  5. SaviArt

    SaviArt

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2012
    Location:
    US
    Playing with the nails makes sound more bright then with the flesh. If you like the sounding from flesh fingers then you found your "tone":)
     
  6. BobGusTX

    BobGusTX

    Joined:
    Feb 16, 2013
    Location:
    Texas, USA
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    David,
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    Last edited: Mar 7, 2013
  7. mawmow

    mawmow

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2017
    Location:
    Levis, Qc
    Yep ! Great posts here... and there about finger picks and the like !
    They kind of summarize my searches and tries over the last years.
    And they comfort me not to get addicted to finger picks since I play alone.
     
  8. mawmow

    mawmow

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2017
    Location:
    Levis, Qc
    I wish to add that I file my nails in an asymetric fashion, the tip being toward my pinky instead of the middle : so the flesh kiss the string but the nail would snap it if I want to.
     
  9. Mooh

    Mooh Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2007
    Location:
    Southwestern Ontario
    Oh man, I saw this thread and exclaimed to myself, "Dave is back!"

    Oh well...

    It depends on how long my nails are but a bit of nail and flesh usually. I can play with just flesh on nylon strings, but prefer nails on both nylon and steel strings. I cut my nails off for bass gigs.
     
  10. cboutilier

    cboutilier

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2016
    Location:
    Halifax, NS
    I have very tough nails, and they help me twang. They closely match the attack from my picks when I'm hybrid picking most of the time. Every few weeks I cut them off and play flesh for a few days till they grow back. I'm not real fussy
     
  11. colchar

    colchar

    Joined:
    May 22, 2010
    Location:
    GTA
    I use the flesh of my thumb and index finger.
     
  12. High/Deaf

    High/Deaf Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2009
    Location:
    LM,BC,CAN
    No bone option? After close to 40 years of being a wage slave, I feel like that's what I'm playing with.

     
  13. Distortion

    Distortion

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2015
    Location:
    Hamilton
    Short nails with a pic also. If the nail gets too long the tone is too thin compared to the pick. I usually just use the middle finger and pick.
     
  14. Milkman

    Milkman Gold Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    Location:
    Brantford, Ontario
    There was a time when I was doing a lot of hybrid picking and I used acrylic overlays (fake nails) on fingers #2 and 3 on my picking hand.

    They sounded like harder versions of Jim Dunlop Jazz 3 picks.

    They held up quite well.
     
  15. colchar

    colchar

    Joined:
    May 22, 2010
    Location:
    GTA
    I'm still trying to figure out why @High/Deaf felt the need to tell us he was playing with his bone.....................
     

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