Pick or Just Fingers ?

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Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby ales88 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:59 am

I've been learning blues guitar for five months and I realized that I enjoy playing more without pick.
My question is this: is it really limiting playing blues without pick ?
Or it's better to learn well playing with pick?
Can anyone enlist some historic blues guitarist known for playing without pick?
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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby Disciple » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:31 pm

Pretty sure Albert King was straight up fingers.

Many blues standards on guitar can only be done fingerstyle, of course picks can be used this way but fingers only are much easier.
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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby tinsmith » Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:19 am

Jeff Beck used to say, "picks are for fairies."
although he used to use one....
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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby SouthernSounds » Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:33 pm

I would say it depends. What kind of blues (blues style), are you learning? What kind of sound do you prefer? Do you have any referent?

Take for instance to Rory Gallagher: a perfect mix of a pick and fingers. I'm not saying it is easy, but you can mix them.

But finally and far more important: do whatever you feel is right for you. :D

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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby meritonemusic » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:57 am

ales88 wrote:I've been learning blues guitar for five months and I realized that I enjoy playing more without pick.
My question is this: is it really limiting playing blues without pick ?
Or it's better to learn well playing with pick?
Can anyone enlist some historic blues guitarist known for playing without pick?


There are plenty blues greats who didn't use a pick at all, it's really up to YOU to make that decision... jeff beck is a great modern example of someone who has achieved amazing fluidity and speed using fingers only... or check out how SRV sometimes uses fingers for certain notes in between using his pick... anything is possible!
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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby allanlummox » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:06 am

Golden Gate thumb pick, two brass Acri fingerpicks. I'd play with bare fingers if all I did was play on the porch though.

Flat picks are pretty limiting.
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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby tinsmith » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:52 am

When I use a pick I go for hybrid
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Re: Pick or Just Fingers ?

Postby allanlummox » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:38 pm

There's that. I like thumbpicks - harder to throw across the stage than flat picks.
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