The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46292   Message #686053
Posted By: Jerry Rasmussen
09-Apr-02 - 08:19 AM
Thread Name: Fingers or Plectrum?
Subject: RE: Fingers or Plectrum?
A similar question could be posed for banjo... clawhammer verses finger picking, or picking with fingerpicks. On guitar, I'll use a pick for Carter family or country songs because it gives me the sound and the rhythm that I want. I finger pick for most everything else. If you play mostly blues, you're almost certainly going to fingerpick. I find that when I try to play guitar or banjo WEARING finger picks that I get so tangled up in the strings that I almost have to have my fingers surgically removed. There are very few things I do in life that make me feel more awkward than using finger picks. I guess my only advice would be is to let the song tell you what to do. Some songs tell me that they are done best a capella, which frees up rhythm, breaks you out of a structure and allows you to put all of your feeling into the song with no restrictions. But that's another thread...

Jerry