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I appreciate all of your comments very much. I'm more of a casual player now and do not do any gigs these days so I'm not sure about the acrylics though I may check in to them as they sound interesting versus finger picks.
But after looking at the Alaska Pik I think I'll order a set of them first, they look like something that I could get use to, especially the thumb pick, that's where I have my biggest problem with traditional banjo picks. The Alaska Pik for the thumb looks like it fits more like a cover for the thumb in the way that I would feel comfortable using it rather than a long pick pick sticking out the side. Looks like you would be using the side or edge of the tip more in a natural manner.
Thanks again for the suggestions!
I play acoustic and electric blues in a duo. I use a thumb pick and had tons of nail problems before a local pro turned me on to acrylic about 3 years ago. I get my 1st ,2nd and 3rd done. I go in every couple of weeks for a fill (needed as your natural nail grows out). I leave them a little long for the recoat and shape the tips myself. No problem and great tone. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, right? regards, Don
Hello Gary There have been, and will always be a number of differing opinions in relation to fingerpick types, and methods. I have used salon applied acrylic naisl for over 10 years with ZERO negative results. At $9.00 for a set o3, l Thumb, 1st, and 2nd., it is very affordable. They last around a month., maybe 5 weeks. I perform locally at least five times per month, and I need consistancy and reliability for my fingerstyle techniques. I tried many different "attachable nails", nail growth polishes and vitamins, and I was disappointed with them all. Being confident about my performance has always been of ut-most importance.
I also play slide guitar and Banjo, so these acrylics are excellent, and versatile.
At $3.00 each, the local nail salons are getting used to seeing the faces of string players, and they know what we want. Having a set applied is a bit un-nerving for some, but after you develop a system of filing and maintaining length/shape, you will never go back. If you are a specialised classical player, or play only electric with low action, and your "striking" patterns and "power" is not that critical, stick with natural nails. But for me, I depend on them, and I highly reccommend them. Many Nashville Performers feel the same. Best to you friend!....Joe.
Hey guys and girls;
Any suggestions for an easy transition to finger picks or should I just keep picking with my fingers? I've played this way for years but keep wanting to use picks for the louder tone.
I currently use no finger or thumb picks (or nails). I keep trying to use the picks such as Banjo picks (I'm a beginner Banjo player) but can't use them on the guitar or banjo no matter how hard I try. I get frustrated when trying to use any form of finger pick and mis-strike the strings so I finally throw them off and go back to the fingers.
Am I trying to deviate from a method that works for me to one I'll never be comfortable with or is there an alternative out there I might try to get a louder and more distinctive tone compared to bare fingers and thumb?
Thanks in advance, love the groups here at AGC.
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