#1
What do you think the pros and cons of using a Thumbpick over a Flatpick are? I have personally never used a Thumbpick but was watching a video of Tommy Emmanuel using one and was blown away http://de.youtube.com/watch?v=TX0eTp7SoNU. What are the advantages and limitations of using the Thumpick over the Flatpick?
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#4
Thumbpick allows you to switch between finger-picking and strumming quite easily, but would need filing down if you intended to use it for playing riffs and complex solo's. Sounds more natural than hybrid picking in my humble opinion. Can hurt your thumb, or fall off, if it isn't exactly the right size. If it is the right size, you'll never drop it.
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#5
thumb picking is cool.
tone....different tone or you don't get that attack feel.

I don't think one is better than the other.

I recently started playing thumb picking within the last couple
of years. Just something else I learned to to do or can apply
to my playing.

sometimes I just flick the strings with the top of my nails
instead of struming chords
#6
Quote by Ordinary
thumb picking is cool.
tone....different tone or you don't get that attack feel.

I don't think one is better than the other.

I recently started playing thumb picking within the last couple
of years. Just something else I learned to to do or can apply
to my playing.

sometimes I just flick the strings with the top of my nails
instead of struming chords

I have heard you can getter a better tone from a flatpick.
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#7
thumb picks are good if you need to switch quickly from fingerpicking to strumming or vice versa and are too lazy to learn hybrid picking, they are also kind of essential if you play banjo. Other than that I can't really think of much use for them, other than a fairly slight tonal difference, just buy a thumb pick and play around with it, you might like it and they don't cost a lot, also if you like the sound of that try some metal finger picks as well.

and whether or not it sounds more natural than hybrid picking, well that depends on how good you are at hybrid picking.
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#9
^ Tommy Emmanuel is absolutely brilliant. All of his pieces are terribly beautiful. I highly recommend Since We Met, Angelina, Guitar Boogie, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow (though he has many more songs). I saw him live a few weeks back in a small church for only $15. It was the deal of a century.

I'm terrible at playing with a thumb pick no matter how hard I try. I suppose I just need to apply more time to my practice with one.