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Thread #30894   Message #399122
Posted By: Justa Picker
15-Feb-01 - 11:13 PM
Thread Name: Finger Picks @#!???!!!!
Subject: RE: Help: Finger Picks @#!???!!!!
I've tried Alaska Piks (both plastic and metal). I don't like them and they DO slip. The thing that's ironic to me is that you have to have a certain amount of nail to anchor them to. If you have that amount of nail to begin with, you don't need the piks and you can just use your nails with a thumbpick. Try it and give yourself an hour or two to get used to it. Your index and middle fingers will automatically adjust their arc and angle of attack to compensate for seems like an overwhelming bass because of the thumbpick.

I also use metal Nationals or Dunlops for the index and middle. I adjust the "clasp" of how tightly they fit, pretty much everytime I put them on, because your fingers can swell a bit or contract, depending on diet, climate, etc. You want them real snug, but not so tight that they start cuting off the circulation or creating blisters. If your fingers get sore with them on, take them off and have a rest for 10 minutes and then go at it again. Experiment.