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Wearing Finger Picks



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Joseph Jacobs

Hey guys,
You really only need to get them done once a month. There has only been a few times where I had to get one or two of them (finger nails) done again the same month...but that rarely happens. And yes, when I go in to the place; if my nails are too short for them to do - they will glue on a fake nail to extend the tip and then cover them over with acrylics nail stuff to give them strength and shape that best fits my style of playing. i.e. "could you please round the tips" I tell them. It works like a charm and again it really feels natural. Then I can play the crap out of them until next month (because by that time they wear down a little bit and get out of shape). Anyway, long story short: give them a try- they work and are very strong. Once you do it, you'll be convinced that this is the way to go! No more fumbling around with silly feeling fingerpicks. Oh yeah, there's no problem with using a flat pick either - they won't obstruct your flatpicking. It works well. A lot of guys are going this route and heck no one can tell if you had them done. Just make sure you don't color them (smile).


Reply posted 9 months ago by Joseph Jacobs


Hi Craig & Joseph,
Wow, lots of good stuff. I too will do what Marc is going to do: Try false nails. And thanks to Craig, I am eagerly waiting for my set of brand new shiny SS picks form amazon.com. I am not sure the false nails will work for a machinist, but I will try them. Actually I have been using finger picks off and on since a kid when my nails gave out. I am quite comfortable with them, but I really love the sound of good flesh and nails. I use the picks when busking, or playing where I need that clear and crisp volume. I just can't seem to find that power outlet for my amp in the streets -YET-

Wow. Too cool. Nice info guys. j


Reply posted 9 months ago by Jim Lair


Kevin Nightingale

I HAVE TRIED STEEL PICKS WHICH WERE GREAT FOR BUSKING BUT THROUGH A LARGE PA NOT SO GOOD .I NOW USE ALASKA PICKS,THEY ARE MADE OF PLASTIC AND FIT OVER YOUR FINGERTIP LIKE FALSE NAILS.THEY SOUND VERY WARM AND CLEAN AND HAVE NO FAULTS WHEN PLAYING LOUD THROUGH AN AMP OR PA SYSTEM.THEY ARE AVAILABLE IN THE UK FROM EAGLE MUSIC OR STRINGS DIRECT.BEST TO GET MEDIUM SIZE UNLESS YOU HAVE REALLY SMALL FINGERTIPS.I THINK THEY ARE IMPORTED INTO THE UK FORM THE STATES SO YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS GETTING HOLD OF THEM.


Reply posted 8 months ago by Kevin Nightingale


Kevin,
I was curious about those Alaskan Picks. Thank for the info. I’ll get a set of Med.

England must be a cold place for busking. The Southern California climate is made for it. If you come out, look me up. I am up over the 60 range too.
j


Reply posted 8 months ago by Jim Lair


My brand new SS finger picks arrived. I could see they needed a little adjusting, but I was too eager to try them out rather than hunt down needle nose pliers. Thanks Craig! It was a struggle but I gave it a go, managing to bang one on the bird finger (m). WOW! I was impressed from the start, even though I had only one on with a mix of others on the remaining three fingers (yes, I use the pinky too – they only come 3 per pack); I could feel and hear a distinct difference. It is of course metal on metal. After some slight adjustments with the hand to finger to string attack angles I hit home. Sweet!

But then I said, let’s try amping this up. Yuk! Kevin, you nailed it. Not so good amped up. The metal on metal slide is unavoidable. What to do? I simply slipped it off, and jammed it back on upside down. The metal on metal sliding grind nearly disappears. I don’t know what it is, but why do these finger picks work much better upside down…

Now I am awaiting the Alaskan, and Fred Kelly Freedom Guitar Finger Picks. Is anyone familiar with those FK Freedoms?

I’ll keep you all informed on my false nails when that happens.
Thanks for all the help, J


Reply posted 8 months ago by Jim Lair



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