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09-12-2004, 03:59 PM
just wondering if a guitar pick is necessary and if it is why?

09-12-2004, 04:48 PM
Originally posted by zink007
just wondering if a guitar pick is necessary and if it is why? Depends on which style you want to play : some classical, flamenco, blues style, country, Dire Straits, you can do without one but if you want to shred or do some pinch harmonics, make sure you have some with you. Plus, it is cool to throw them at your fans (if you have any).

09-13-2004, 10:07 AM
Learn both and develop from there.
Donít let anyone tell you youíre doing it wrong; if it fits you and it works, youíre doing it right.

Jake E. Lee didnít use the bar but it sounded like it; he bent the neck and used his strings above the nut.

Lindsay Buckingham uses his fingers mostly, if not entirely, but Iíve seen him use a pick.

Ted Nugent gets his speed from a chicken pickin technique used in country music; same with Vai, Wylde, and even Vinnie Vincent.

Use your ears and practice daily. Youíll end up telling us what works and weíll be envious.

09-14-2004, 12:13 AM
Learn both, then decide what you like to use and where...

09-14-2004, 08:21 AM
For me, I dont use a pick on clean string picking, I tuck it under my ring finger, (and use every finger on my right hand to pick, except the third finger) then when Im Rocking, I can easily move the pick from my third finger back to my thumb and first.. Good way to combine both.. I do it now without thinking and dont miss a beat inbetween.
Good for songs where you have both elements...

09-22-2004, 08:08 PM
When I started, the only picks I had were the ones I begged off of local bands who played at our school, or at backyards. I didn't have shit.

Learning to play initially without a pick will develop an enhanced sensitivity of your finger TIPS for the string and how to really dig in and get a good sound. For example, Jeff Beck to this day doesn't use a pick.

Jimi Hendricks learned without a pick. Picks aint really necessary for learning at all: Ask anyone who plays a classical guitar.

09-22-2004, 10:00 PM
When I want to play quietly I fingerpick, when I don't care who hears, it's always with the pick. It's good to do both, so you're versatile.