#1
Hello World,

After advice on the best technique to swap between finger picking and strumming and vice versa. I tend to play with a pick and have seen some players who tuck it into a folded back finger tip to hold it whilst finger picking so it is there in time to strum. I massively struggle with this due to my mini chorizo sausage fingers. It is also hard once bars have been strummed to tuck the pick back again.

Am I missing something? Should I just ditch the pick for these songs (BTW - my strumming without a pick also sucks). Is there another method I could be trying?

'I Could Have Lied' - RHCP is the song I'm trying to master at the moment.

As always I'm sure it is a case of practice, practice and ugh, lost patience

Thanks
#3
Either keep practising your switches or learn to strum with your fingers. Personally I'd recommend to learn how to strum with your fingers. It's a lot easier than it may initially seem and it's a very valuable skill to have
#4
Udjine

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Last edited by hecks at Feb 2, 2017,
#5
Thanks for the responses everyone. I have tried thumb picks before but didn't get on with them particularly well. Again, probably a lack of patience on my part.

I will pick up a couple and try again.

I have a little bit of a ((slap and)not much slapping actually) pop style with my finger picking which I do enjoy so learning to strum correctly with my fingers is probably the way forward.

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Last edited by hydreliox at Feb 2, 2017,
#6
I'm just revisiting thumbpicks after many years of not using them, to make string damping easier. If you are planning on trying them again, have a look at the National ones. They look pretty average, but they seem to have a different, smoother kind of playing texture than others I've tried, that I really like. You mention finger strumming. I have never been able to get on with a flatpick, so this is what I do, mostly to try and emulate bluegrass style flatpicking.. However, if you play a steel string, finger backstrokes are hard on the nails, and I've never found any fingerpicks that work well for it.
#7
Strumming with fingers is not that hard. I used to only use a pick and when I started fingerstyle it felt odd to strum with just fingers/nails. But now it's second nature. I use the top of my index and middle finger nails when strumming down, and my thumb nail when strumming up.
#8
Quote by hydreliox
Thanks for the responses everyone. I have tried thumb picks before but didn't get on with them particularly well. Again, probably a lack of patience on my part.

I will pick up a couple and try again.

There can be problems with the size of the pick, that makes its usage inconvenient. Maybe you need to adjust it.
#9
I don't understand why everyone is recommending thumb picks etc when realistically it's just better to learn what I'd consider a fundamental and staple technique of just learning to strum with the fingers? Thumb picks are hardly necessary for such a simple issue.
#10
Quote by vayne92
I don't understand why everyone is recommending thumb picks etc when realistically it's just better to learn what I'd consider a fundamental and staple technique of just learning to strum with the fingers? Thumb picks are hardly necessary for such a simple issue.

You are absolutely right, it's just a way of solving the problem, not the best one, I mentioned them because these picks were helpful for at least 2 of my friends with similar problems.
Strumming with fingers isn't really hard.
#11
I don't much enjoy using a thumb pick. I grow out my right hand fingernails a little bit longer than usual and use nickel bronze d'addario strings. When I need to strum I just use my fingernails. Take biotin and get that fingernail strength up son.