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Adaman
post Aug 10 2007, 02:55 PM
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Hi there GMC.
When i started playing an e-guitar I started pkicking with my fingers because im used to playing a classic guitar.
The problem is that 2 years later(which is now) im still fingerpicking. I just dont get along with frets.
I just wanted to know if that's okay,because in my opinion i get a pretty good sound and speed with my fingers.
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Muris Varajic
post Aug 10 2007, 02:59 PM
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Fingerpicking is really cool and many players use same techniques on electric guitar.
Truth is,you cannot play everything with your fingers as you'd with the pick so I't just a question for you.
What do you want to play,what is your goal etc. smile.gif


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post Aug 10 2007, 03:37 PM
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QUOTE (muris @ Aug 10 2007, 09:59 AM) *
Fingerpicking is really cool and many players use same techniques on electric guitar.
Truth is,you cannot play everything with your fingers as you'd with the pick so I't just a question for you.
What do you want to play,what is your goal etc. smile.gif


Hi there - I have a very similar experience to you in this area. I learned on classical, and put those techniques to work on the electric. For many years I played blues and some funky stuff - for that the fingers worked great. I did learn to use a pick but until recemtly I could play anything using both techniques.

What finally made me change was wanting to learn some of the more advanced techniques like fast alt picking and sweeps - you just can't do them the same with fingers. Also, a pick will give you a far more precise tone. When I came to GMC I spent some time looking at my picking and changed the way I helpd the pick and used it - now I couldn't go back to the old way plus, I can play so much more than I could with just my fingers.

So, its up to you - if you are happy playing blues and slower more feely stuff, fingers will cut it, but you are locking yourself out from some of the more advanced techniques.

Im very glad I made the change.


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post Aug 10 2007, 04:16 PM
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QUOTE (Adaman @ Aug 10 2007, 03:55 PM) *
Hi there GMC.
When i started playing an e-guitar I started pkicking with my fingers because im used to playing a classic guitar.
The problem is that 2 years later(which is now) im still fingerpicking. I just dont get along with frets.
I just wanted to know if that's okay,because in my opinion i get a pretty good sound and speed with my fingers.

Well, a cool fact is that Mark Knopfler used fingerpicking for playing his licks, it makes a slightly different sound than picking with pick, and its something that made knopfler famous. If you like picking with fingers i totaly suport you to do that, keep on rocking! smile.gif

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Muris Varajic
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Totally agree smile.gif

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Why choose between them when you can learn and use them both wink.gif .


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Just to add - I didn't make a total switch as my post implied - I am a better playing for having both techniques, and sometimes use fingerpicking entirely for Jazzy chord progressions and such. I have however switched to using a pick almost exclusively for lead, with the exception of octave lead licks that sound great with a thumb.

As others have said, listen to all of our experiences then pick what suits you best!


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Learning both is probably best way,I just wanted to say...don't leave your finger picking behind biggrin.gif


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post Aug 10 2007, 07:08 PM
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Tnx a lot. i think il stick the the fingerpicking in the meanwhile,since im mostly playing blus. il try to switch to a fret when i advance some more.
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Muris Varajic
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Thumbs up,wish you luck!! smile.gif


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