The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #147325   Message #3414091
Posted By: Will Fly
04-Oct-12 - 03:46 AM
Thread Name: Playing away a fingernail
Subject: RE: Playing away a fingernail
It amazes me that EVERY bluegrass banjo player in the world uses fingerpicks, but so many guitar players have problems with them.

Different instruments, different techniques, different tonalities...

I find fingerpicks restrict the feel and pulse of what I play, particularly in varying the tone quality - and also because I often use the back of my nails to flick the strings and 'fill-in' some rhythm parts.

I also regularly wear down my index fingernail by hard picking - particularly after an acoustic session - which I put down to my poor pick technique. However, I also use hybrid picking - pick and two fingers together - to get round a worn nail problem. I'm too lazy to bother with false nails.