I play fingerstyle Fahey/ Kottke without picks. As I have been spending more time playing recently, there is a scalloping out of my middle and 3rd fingernails all the way down to bare flesh. Looks like I need picks. Did some research and acrylics won't do as I make furniture and beat the hands up pretty good.
I have tried fingerpicks in the past and absolutely failed the learning curve. I Know I did not give them the required two weeks or whatever would probably be required, but they made it amlost imposible for me to play - I keep my fingers very close to the strings and just could not get used to the distance needed. Tried Alaska Piks recently and they could work maybe with filing, etc.
I wanted to get some feedback on the ProPiks: http://www.guptillmusic.com/propik/propikintro.html.
Specifically, which ones work best for fingerstyle: the "Fingertone" or the "Sharpie", or the X'tra Bright Sharpie"?
Also, what do folks think of the metal-plastic ProPik thumbpick?
Many choices: Nickel-silver vs. brass.
Single wrap vs. split wrap.
The picks are not cheap, so just wanted some advice before spending the money. Really prefer just my own nails, but the nails are not holding up.
I know this has all been hashed over before, but it seems there is always something new every time it comes up.