#1
ive been playing for only 5 months now and since i learned acoustic without a pick, i pretty much got used to using all my fingers. but now that i have an electric and i want to play some steve vai, i use a pick (which as for now is harder than using my fingers). so basically i want to know if anyone else out there uses fingers for an acousic and a pick for electric. is it a good idea in the long run?
#3
I use my fingers on acoustics only on certain songs but I know people who only use their fingers for both acoustic and electric who get along great in their bands.

I actually hold a pick with my thumb, first and middle fingers.
Which is odd too.
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Ibanez Iceman IC400.

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#4
Quote by Psycho4SOAD
I use my fingers on acoustics only on certain songs but I know people who only use their fingers for both acoustic and electric who get along great in their bands.

I actually hold a pick with my thumb, first and middle fingers.
Which is odd too.


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#6
I play both on both depending on the song. Even when I am picking I use a finger/pick hybrid style. I hold the pick with my thumb and index finger and use the other three fingers to pluck whenever I need to. I developed it out of necessity but eventually found out that this is how jimmy page plays. The ironic thing is that the very song I developed this technique for was "Stairway to Heaven". That was 13 years ago and i've been doing it since.
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#7
I play Metal and Classical fingerpicking pretty much 50/50 and its worked out fine for me. Its good to learn more than one type of picking style anyway, its never good to limit yourself. So I would say it's a good idea. You should practice Hybrid Picking, too.
Last edited by mz44_d at Mar 21, 2008,
#8
I grow out specifically my ring finger's nail so that when I reinforce it with my thumb I can use it as a pick for my acoustic, otherwise I finger pick. On my electric I use ordinary picks.