Poll: Pick or hand?
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View poll results: Pick or hand?
Pick
54 61%
Hand
35 39%
Voters: 89.
#1
I find that using my hand is a lot more rhythmic
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#3
i chose pick, i rarely play without one...
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#5
Hands hands down.

Seriously, feels more rhythmical to me.
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#6
Both...will often play with a pick in my mouth so i can swap...although that is more on electric
#9
For strumming, picks for sure. I use really thick ones too. Up to 3mm picks(absolutely no give). I find that they have a lot more tone to give than thin picks(although there's a definite place and time for thinner picks as well).
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#10
I like to use a mixture on acoustic. You have a lot more control using your hands, but picks are so much better for strumming, for me anyway.
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#11
I strum with the hand sometimes using the thumbnail on the up and fingernails on the down...usually if doing a lot of muting
#13
i started playing with my fingers cause i play piano first, and i'm still better with my fingers, i use my pick more just cause i know i have to get better at it.
#14
I prefer hands if I dont need the projection as there a lot less restrictive I find.
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#15
hands, though I'm not very good with a pick, I do have picks but I would only use them in songs where its all strumming, and little picking work. Like Green days 'time of your life' and Blink 182's 'dammit'
#17
Well, i player fingerpicking, and while using your fingers doesnt make the notes as pronounced, it keeps the attack lower, and you dont want high attack for delta, lol.
#18
Strumming, I USUALLY use a pick, unless it's in a song that I've been fingerpicking a lot in, or that you need to fingerpick. A lot of Jack Johnson songs are like that, and I've really been loving playing Jack Johnson lately His songs are really fun to play
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#20
always with pick because i bite my nails and playing with flesh doesnt get very good reponse from steel strings
it sucks cuz i learned on a classical and so now i rarely get to show off my finger skillzes ):

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#21
if it's just pure strumming, i also think playing with hands is more rythmic. it allows you to get a wider variety of sounds, and you can do a lot of different mutes and slaps.....definitely wears on the fingers though, and it can start to hurt.......
#22
i've been finger picking a lot more as of late; but when strumming i'll use a pick. I need to stop biting my nails aswell so i can strum with them (i've had that bad habit for about 22 years now).
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#23
I started off with a pick, unless i was fingerpicking, then i put the pick in my mouth. When i started singing it became a hassle to switch back and forth so now i just use the hand.
#24
I use my long nails, but I also use a thumbpick.

So it's like, I have a pick and a hand. It's a two in one thing for me.
#25
I can strum faster without a pick
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#27
for strumming chords i pretty much always use a pick
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#28
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I started off with a pick, unless i was fingerpicking, then i put the pick in my mouth.


Yeah, this is what I do, though I've been doing a ton of fingerpicking lately, meaning, I always have my pick in my mouth.
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#29
classical guitar or bass I'm using my fingers.
I prefer the sound.

But electric or acoustic I'm using a pick 99% of the time
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#32
If the song is mostly fingerpicked, then I play the whole thing sans pick - otherwise I use a pick.

I also use hybrid picking pretty often.

So, I guess you could say it depends on the song.
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#33
I use a thumbpick, +fingernail for fingerpicking. On acoustic/classical, I use the fingernail as a pick, and sometimes on electric too.
#36
Hands, you have far more control over what you want to hit and how you want to hit it, but you dont get the clear sound of a pick, I have to admit.