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The Unwound Third => Gitfiddles, Harps, Washboards & Kazoos => Topic started by: frailer24 on September 22, 2012, 09:49:37 PM

Title: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: frailer24 on September 22, 2012, 09:49:37 PM
As an exercise in pure curiosity, I am wondering how many fellow Weenies use thumb and/or fingerpicks in their daily playing. If possible, specify type of pick (i. e. National, Dunlop, etc). I myself use a Dunlop clear plastic thumbpick and, depending on the song, a clear plastic fingerpick or 2 Dunlop steel picks (0.225 & 0.25). Ever since my right hand was smashed in an old steel press, I seldom play bare. Thanks for excercizing my curiosity,                   Larry
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: Stumblin on September 22, 2012, 11:57:08 PM
I quite often use a thumb pick, I like the solid sound. Zookies (https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/6012-jim_dunlop_zookies_thumb_picks) are ace. I like the medium 20 degree picks.
Fingerpicks are fine for playing in Vestapol, but they tend to promote a lack of sensitivity.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: frailer24 on September 23, 2012, 12:49:37 AM
I tried Zookies, but kept getting my thumb caught on the bevel. Great picks for lap style tho.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: frailer24 on September 23, 2012, 12:51:15 AM
Also, I play a bit over the sound hole. Harder to mike, but I get better tone that way.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: Rivers on September 23, 2012, 08:14:55 AM
When I use picks it's generally 2 Propik fingerpicks #3 with the split wraparound, & a Zookie or Fred Kelly Slickpick delrin thumbpick. But I try not to obsess about these things and will use anything that feels the right thickness and fit. National, Dunlop, Golden Gate, brass or nickel, just so long as they fit and are not too thin or thick. I find many thumbpicks have too short a shank but can usually work with them. Not fond of all-metal thumbpicks but they are interesting sometimes.

These look interesting, anyone tried them? Gives a new meaning to the term 'hybrid picking' and could be just the thing for me: http://elderly.com/accessories/names/propik-nickel-thumbpick-with-delrin-tip--PK43D.htm (http://elderly.com/accessories/names/propik-nickel-thumbpick-with-delrin-tip--PK43D.htm)

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Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: unezrider on September 23, 2012, 09:44:03 AM
hello friend,
i don't always use picks, but when i do? i prefer john pearse thumb picks & national metal finger picks.
it took me awhile to find ones that felt right. & these were the winners for me. & i have really grown to love the thump you can get with the thumb pick, too. not quite the same with a bare thumb.
stay thumpy, my friends.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: frailer24 on September 24, 2012, 12:59:53 AM
I have tried the metal-with-plastic-tip type before, did not last well, but great tone quality.
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Post by: Saltmarsh Bill on September 24, 2012, 06:58:53 AM
These look interesting, anyone tried them? Gives a new meaning to the term 'hybrid picking' and could be just the thing for me: http://elderly.com/accessories/names/propik-nickel-thumbpick-with-delrin-tip--PK43D.htm (http://elderly.com/accessories/names/propik-nickel-thumbpick-with-delrin-tip--PK43D.htm)

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Yes, I like them.  I ordered medium and large, and use large as the medium version is too small even for my average-sized thumb.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: blueshome on September 24, 2012, 12:05:19 PM
Fred Kelly Speedpick on the thumb and Dunlop .18's GS fingerpicks. Regular plastic Dunlop thumb pick for the 12-string though.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: twangmeister on September 24, 2012, 02:08:39 PM
I've just started using both thumb (Fred Kelly Bumblebee Jazz) and fingerpicks (Propik brass split wrap offset angle number 2). For years I struggled using bare fingers but had constant problems with my nails chipping and splitting. In particular my index finger had a flaw where it would split along the centre of the nail as soon as it had grown any length to it at all and eventually I got so fed up that I decided to just make the switch to finger and thumbpicks. It was a struggle to get used to them, but feel I'm getting somewhere now and am happy with my choices. The bumblebee extends out a shorter distance than a regular thumbpick which means my thumb is closer to the strings and more comfortable as a result. For the fingerpicks, brass is a warmer sound than nickel and the split wrap is very secure and comfortable with the offset allowing the pick to make a better contact with the string. Overall I'm happy and louder for making the switch although they do take time to get used to, but if they are good enough for Steve James......

Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: GhostRider on September 24, 2012, 02:18:53 PM
I play without any picks, but have recently had my right hand index and middle fingernails acrylic-coated. Never breaks.

Alex
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Post by: CF on September 24, 2012, 03:02:14 PM
I recently did a show with a metal thumb & forefinger pick on my wooden body . . . the last time I did this was a succession of gigs over a two week period & I can't recall breaking a string the whole time . . . this time, although a meaty 2 & a half hour set (didn't know what I was getting myself into) & I somehow break the A & D strings! I'm going to try to move away from picks altogether (except a flatpick for my folk band) & cranking that volume up & just learning how to get what I need from there. Finding the right combination so you can play to the best of your ability is so important, I'm still learning.
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Post by: Westside on September 27, 2012, 05:57:53 PM
This is slightly off topic, but I am curious. Did most of the old-time players wear picks or go with bare fingers?
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: frailer24 on September 27, 2012, 10:32:26 PM
Westside, I believe it was 50/50.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: Mr.OMuck on September 28, 2012, 07:29:16 PM
@Blueshome, Phil, my kit exactly! Who woulda thunk it, transatlantic minds ..etc. etc.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: DanceGypsy on October 30, 2012, 02:03:40 PM
When I first began to play CB, I resisted and then struggled with with thumb and fingerpicks.  I'm glad that is all in the past.  I tried about a billion different thumb picks, then Pokey LaFarge turned me on to the multi-colored Golden Gate - it's pink, green, blue, white, looks like a circues sideshow and has a long shank.  I buy them in bulk and have no idea what I will do if the company goes under or they stop making these picks.  I go through them pretty quickly - I have a heavy hand, and with all the raucous jug band material we do it just gets them razor sharp and jagged after a couple of shows.  I save them and file down, but they get real short real quick that way.  One other thing - I kill wound g-strings super fast, I could really change that string after a 2-hour show every time.  They just get dead and lifeless after the pounding that they take.

For fingerpicks I favor the vintage-style Nationals.

We play about 60 or more completely acoustic shows per year (and another 40+ plugged in) and I couldn't imagine playing without picks, which is funny as there was a day not too long ago when I couldn't imagine playing WITH them.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: BottleneckJohn on January 08, 2013, 01:53:10 AM
When recording I tend to alternate between bare fingers and picks, live I always use picks!
The extra volume created is a good thing on a stage.  :)
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Post by: Shovel on January 08, 2013, 04:09:51 AM
nails only to this point. 
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Post by: Stumblin on January 08, 2013, 07:21:41 AM
Can't get no zookies 'round here no mo'.
So I'm using the standard Dunlop thumbpicks, a third the price and a nice, snug fit.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: swampman on January 09, 2013, 10:11:51 AM
I play very hard and found that metal finger picks tear up the tops of my guitars.  I went the acrylic nail route over a decade ago.  I go to a nail salon every two-three weeks and get to gossip with Dawn, my Vietnamese nail tech.  While I have a very long thumbnail, i use a Herco thumb pick.  I like the fact that I can flat pick with it when necessary.  However, I play my single string leads using my thumb and first finger ala Piedmont style.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: frankie on January 09, 2013, 04:04:35 PM
the multi-colored Golden Gate - it's pink, green, blue, white, looks like a circues sideshow and has a long shank.

The technical term for that is "clown barf."

I use a plastic thumbpick and fingerpick pretty much all the time when playing guitar. Just kind of simplifies things all around for me.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: Christopher Davis-Shannon on January 22, 2013, 01:03:24 PM
I tried so hard to love fingerpicks but i much prefer just playing really hard, i can't quite get the volume of fingerpicks but I rarely play in musical situation where I would need the extra push without having a mic in front of me
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: Laura on January 25, 2013, 03:44:56 AM
I bought some picks about 4 months ago after learning some Rev Gary Davis stuff.  It was sounding ok but I obviously couldn't get anywhere near his sound without them.  I tried for about 2 weeks to get the hang of the picks but I could barely get a simple alternating bass going let alone do anything with my forefinger.  They've been in retirement since yesterday when I thought I'd give them another go.

I don't know what happened but I can miraculously use them now and belted out the first song I tried, well I say belted it wasn't the same as when I play with bare fingers but a massive improvement...weird but one very happy picker.
Title: Re: Do you use thumb/fingerpicks?
Post by: twangmeister on January 25, 2013, 11:12:16 AM
I bought some picks about 4 months ago after learning some Rev Gary Davis stuff.  It was sounding ok but I obviously couldn't get anywhere near his sound without them.  I tried for about 2 weeks to get the hang of the picks but I could barely get a simple alternating bass going let alone do anything with my forefinger.  They've been in retirement since yesterday when I thought I'd give them another go.

I don't know what happened but I can miraculously use them now and belted out the first song I tried, well I say belted it wasn't the same as when I play with bare fingers but a massive improvement...weird but one very happy picker.

I had exactly the same experience - thought I would never get used to them and went back to bare fingers for a while with all the problems trying to keep nails intact. Decided to give them another go to find it much, much easier. My playing is different with them, not worse or better, just different... :-\
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