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Wearing Finger Picks



Wearing Finger Picks

How do you wear finger picks when playing acoustic guitar? I did not realize most people wear them upside down. That is they are upside down to the way I wear them. The pad of my finger tips are in contact with the string. I treat the finger pick a prosthetic finger nail, where the pick covers my fingernail. The look and feel exactly like false fingernails. I bend, shape, and mark them for each finger. This allows me complete control to rest stroke, free stroke, pluck and strum. How do you use your finger picks? Am I the only one who wears them like this?


Posted 10 months ago by Jim Lair - 23 replies

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Jim, I think you've received good advice here. Everyone I know that plays gigs on a regular basis uses artificial nails applied by a professional. They use a clear polish for added strength. they will wear down and get a hook or wear spot just like your real nails. Most just use a sandpaper nail file to tune them up until it's finally time to replace them. Keep the sandpaper file in your guitar case or gig bag. Like you I cant grow long nails without them breaking. Yeah when I zip up as well. Also as you get older nails develop uneven surfaces that can be a problem only solved with using artificial nails or finger picks.


Reply posted 5 months ago by Glenn Henderson


Okay! Why not.
Jimmy


Reply posted 6 months ago by Jim Lair


Hello,

Jimmy, you should still check out Gel nails - especially if you do not require a lengthy nail plate. Some of my students only require 1mm above the tip - and the Gel just gives it that extra bit of durability. I would still suggest trying it for a month.


Reply posted 6 months ago by Dell Krauchi


Hello,

Jimmy, you should still check out Gel nails - especially if you do not require a lengthy nail plate. Some of my students only require 1mm above the tip - and the Gel just gives it that extra bit of durability. I would still suggest trying it for a month.


Reply posted 6 months ago by Dell Krauchi



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