#1
I want to start getting into fingerstyle guitar, and I'm wondering what you guys would recommend. I'm getting a thumb pick for sure, but would you guys recommend using fingerpicks at all? I've heard they're extremely cumbersome. And if so, what style of pick? Metal or plastic?
#2
use your fingers.

nuff said.
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#4
I don't really want to grow my nails, though, because that would get irritating in daily life when I'm lifting stuff. I don't really want to live in fear of breaking a nail.
#6
you use the flesh of your fingers
and a thumbpick can come in handy if you're going to play harmonics or something, i find they help heaps.
#7
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If that was sarcasm, then I assure you that looking 'gay' isn't a concern. It's the fact that long nails are impractical, and down-right irritating.
#8
Just use the flesh of your fingers as said before. I don't get the point of growing out your nails to play guitar.
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#9
I finger pick alot, and I also bite my nails. I have found that just growing out your pointer finger nail just a bit is enough to play well and look normal. Grow it till its comfortable to pick with it and strum with it, then keep it at that length. I work in a shop and i have no problem with the one finger that I dont bite and keep at a length to play ( its about normal length for a nail but its long for me cause I bite them usually) Its best not to use any picks (including a thumb pick) because it allows you to move from fingerpicking to rythm easier (ive found).

what it all boils down to is this:
1 grow the pointer finger nail to a managable length so it makes finger picked notes louder and it helps as use as a regular pick for rythm
2 dont use picks
3 learn banjo "rolls" to practice your picking hand
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Last edited by Ranger01 at Sep 22, 2007,