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This is a group for fingerstyle players of all types, from Hedges disciples to Chet channelers.

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Frail nails 15 Replies

Started by Harry Lindahl. Last reply by Luis Motta da Silva on Tuesday.

Thumb Picks? 11 Replies

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Neck Width and Fingersyle 23 Replies

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Comment by Mike Nepper on April 27, 2011 at 7:52pm
Hey Gary, I used acrylics for the past 10 years with great success. I use a Fred Kelly thumb pick (ala Chet). I have just recently switched over to Alaska picks. I am making this transition to Alaska picks as an experiment just to try and get away from the constant maintenance of acrylics. I'm about 6 weeks into using them now and so far it is a success. The other down side to acrylics for me is the stuff made my already thin natural nails even thinner. I have learned that the Alaska picks are much more durable than the arcylics and don't need much maintenance at all. The down side of the Alaska picks is that they take some getting used to. As I said, I am 6 weeks into using them every day now and I still have not regained all the precision I am used to with acrylics but I think it will come with time. So, I think one needs to be very patient and give them a couple of months of daily practice at least. If you decide to try the Alaska picks, get a size that is very tight on your fingers (for me a Large) and smooth down the sharp edges that clamp around your finger as well as the picking surface. Anyways, good luck on whatever you end up with.
Comment by Don Thompson on April 27, 2011 at 5:03pm

Hi Gary,

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

Comment by Joseph Anthony Zarola on April 27, 2011 at 3:50pm

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. 

Comment by GNuck on April 27, 2011 at 3:25pm

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. 

 

Gary

Comment by Craig Dobbins on April 27, 2011 at 1:49pm
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Comment by Doug Adamz on April 21, 2011 at 6:16pm
At the risk of repeating myself: I'm going to play at Roger & Donna Brinton's House Concert series in Redwood City, California.  They've been hosting these for some time and rumor has it that they are fantastic acoustic/listening events. There will be finger-pickin' and original songs galore.

May 14, 2011 from 7pm to 10pm – brintons@comcast.net

Comment by John Gundrum on April 5, 2011 at 1:12pm

Can this net better profits?  Maybe...

A guy calls the musicians' guild to get a quote on a 6 piece band for a wedding. The rep says "Off the top of my head, about $2000".He says, "WHAT? FOR MUSIC?." The rep responds "I'll tell you what. Call the plumbers' union & ask for six plumbers to work from 6 to midnight on a Saturday night. Whatever they charge you, we'll work for half."

Comment by Norman LeDonne on April 5, 2011 at 6:45am
I've been learning and practicing classical guitar techniques to help me to become a better and more flexible artist. One of the techniques that I've been practicing is tremolo. I noticed that, after a couple of days (even with new strings) my right hand fingers started to 'stick' to the high E string that I was using to practice the tremolo. Obviously, this slowed me down. I wiped the string off with rubbing alcohol, but that didn't improve anything and may have made things worse. So, I wiped the string off with plain tap water and all of the stickiness went away. Others may know this. And, maybe I'm the only one with sticky fingers. But, I thought I'd pass this on to any of you that have come across the same issue.
Comment by Doug Adamz on April 1, 2011 at 4:56pm
A shout out to my Bay Area (San Francisco that is) guitar-slinging pals: this Sunday, April 3, I'll be sharing the stage with two extraordinary guitarists: Doug Young and Mark Lemaire at Mission City Coffee Roasters in Santa Clara, California.
I dio mean extraordinary. If you think I'm just making this up, listen to some samples on their websites. Not only do they play with mastery, they play beautifully!
Mission City Coffee Roasting Company is on The Alameda in Santa Clara, a half mile north of Highway 17, and has nice listening room, isolated from the noise of the espresso machine.
Comment by Mike Nepper on April 1, 2011 at 4:03pm
I have not had any trouble so far with the Alaska picks coming loose. I think the trick is to get ones that fit really tight. In my case they are the Large size. I found that filing down the sharp edges helped alot too. I have been using them about 3 weeks now and I'm starting to feel them and regaining some of my accuracy. I figure a couple months is going to do it.
 

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