#1
I'm thinking of just dropping the pick all together and just using my fingers for electric, any insight from anyone about it? Any one else? Famous players who do it, etc, etc.
#2
that sounds like a stupid idea to do it completely unless you want to make it your gimmick. but i see no legit reason why you would want to drop it completely
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#4
I believe Dave Mustaine hybrid picks from time to time.
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#7
I pick, but when i play Mark Knopfler stuff, I fingerpick, and I quite like it.
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mark knopfler never uses a pick
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#10
Yea Mark Knopfler finger picks everything
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Lots of guitarists hybrid pick, but I don't think anyone exclusively fingerpicks on a electric.

Again, Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler.
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Damn... I was going to be the music expert who knew the Mark Knopfler thing
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#15
mark knopfler, jeff beck, and me

that is excluding the legions of hybrid pickers
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#16
THere are guitar players who do (Other than Jeff Beck and the like who play with their thumb almost as if they were playing with a pick in many cases)

but there is a problem with it...

It's not what most people what to hear or see.


The same reason Classical players do not have the same mainstream popularity as, say, Slash for example.
Andrew York, Tommy Emannuel, etc, are all incredible musicians and they get their credit, but not the same amount as even the most mediocre guitar players (Jack White, for example. He is proficient but nothing spectacular)

Granted those guys play on acoustic guitars, but the abilities of your fingers will put you in the same place as them, except you'll be carrying an amp around with you.


Hybrid picking, however, is incredibly useful and not learning how to limits your playing a great deal. You would be surprised how many guitar players hybrid pick (for the most cliche example, "Smoke On The Water"'s main riff is actually finger picked when Ritchie Blackmore plays it)


so if you want to, go right ahead, more power to you and I'll have a great deal of respect for you, I just wanted to clarify why you do not see it as often.

It just simply is not what is looked for in guitar players, unless you are playing Classical or acoustic fingerstyl (Tommy Emannuel, Andy McKee, Michael Hedges, Don Ross, etc)
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lol I'm not a huge metal guy, but even if I wanted to play metal - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3BXyIrDA0o&NR=1


EDIT To above: I mostly like classical/blues/rock. I gotta say I like rock/prog rock a little more then the other 2, but I still love them all. But I haven't seen any rock players fingerpick.
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#20
Yay first person to say MK DOESN'T exclusively fingerpick, he said in an interview that he uses a pick for the rhythm work in albums, and admitted to always carrying a pick on him.
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#21
steve vai and joe satriani occasionaly, Greg Koch, BB King, a host of country players, the list is endless. even seasick steve

as someone as already stated finger picking and hybrid picking only add to your playing right hand techinique is just as important as left hand technique
#22
Jeff Beck, Mark Knopfler and Derek Trucks are the best examples of fingerpicking on electric I can think of now.
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#23
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that sounds like a stupid idea to do it completely unless you want to make it your gimmick. but i see no legit reason why you would want to drop it completely

It gives a completely different sound to fingerpicking. Using a pick, you get a brighter tone and a bit more 'power', but using fingerstyle, you get the pretty much opposite; warmer tone, gentler (but you can use your nails and get the same basic tone as a pick as well), with the added benefit of having a lot more control of what your playing.
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#24
I'm pretty sure A.J. Minette, formerly of the human abstract uses his fingers.
#25
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Yay first person to say MK DOESN'T exclusively fingerpick, he said in an interview that he uses a pick for the rhythm work in albums, and admitted to always carrying a pick on him.

Bingo. Pick for recording rhythm for albums, fingerpicking for pretty much everything else.
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#26
i use my fingers a lot. i dont know if it is the best idea to give up using a pick completly, but focusing on fingerpicking is fine. i prefer the tone i get from fingerpicking for a lot of stuff, much warmer and i feel more in control. using a pick always has its place though, so i wouldnt throw it away for good.