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evanL777
12-23-2009, 02:56 PM
I just began playing guitar. I have been playing uke for a while an have become accustomed to finger picking. I have picked guitar pretty quickly, but I am having trouble with using a pick. I was wondering what the benefits of a pick are. Is it worth putting in the time to learn to use a pick?

ricdoug
12-23-2009, 08:46 PM
Articulation. It is much more pronounced with a pick, instead of fingers. Here's an example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqXs0CvSpNk

Raygf
12-25-2009, 01:50 AM
Pick work, like everything else, takes time and effort and does offer greater articulation. Lots of players use a combination. Pick between the thumb and index and middle and ring finger used for picking. Some players use a thumb pick and fingers. Here's a few videos of Doyle Dykes using that style. He also has acrylic nails on his fingers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mwFA56dKP8

He uses the thumb pick for bass notes and in combination with the fingers for fast melodic passages. He demonstrates that in this video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtZgBiR2in4

I have never had much luck with thumb picks and could always use more work on flat picking. I like physically touching the strings. I'm mainly a fingerstyle player. I'll use the pick to strum when leading singing and playing lead.
Regards,
Ray

nikolo727
01-01-2010, 06:34 AM
The answer to your question(imo) is nothing. finger picking all the way. You can pick your way on an acoustic and it doesnt even matter if you use a pick with electric. It sounds great finger picking an electric. if you are having difficulty with the pick just grow out your nails and paint them with nail hardener once a day. dont grow them to long because the guitar strings are a lot...."harder"? than ukulele strings so you can break a nail. :p

Kateri
01-01-2010, 12:07 PM
I did not learn with a pick, and I just can't play with one even if I try. I feel like you have more freedom if you use your fingers. I was trained in slack key, and that's allll finger picking so I guess I'm kind of biased. I guess advantages of using a pick would be it is louder, and palm muting is easier.