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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 11 months ago by Jim Lair - 23 replies

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Joseph Jacobs

Hi Jim, Some friends of mine turned me on to getting my playing nails done professionally. Yeah, I know...but anyway, the stuff that they use on them makes for an excellent natural feeling pick and fingernail. I go with my wife and let the person know that I'm an avid guitar player. They understand and do my picking hand just the way I want and need them. This eliminates the need for odd feeling finger picks; and best of all, they go with me everywhere always ready for a jam. Heck, even Happy Traum says he has switch to this method. It feels natural and it really works! It's relatively cheap and you only need to do it once a month. Give it a try - I'm sold on them. And yes, I play steel string acoustic (a lot).

Reply posted 11 months ago by Joseph Jacobs

Say Hey Joseph,
I was wondering how often I would need to have my nails done. Great information! I too play steel string quite a bit each day. Joe, may I ask, have you ever experienced false nails? I may need to go that way because I work around heavy machinery. I do keep my nails as long as I can because I love to alternate between using finger picks. But I do break my nails quite a bit, not by working on machinery, but when zipping up my pants! Go figure. Thin nails I suppose.
Oh man, thanks for your reply. Good stuph!

Reply posted 11 months ago by Jim Lair

I have been struggling for the last two years to get good "nails". I did buy a lot of plastic and steel fingerpicks which I also tried to wear both sides on my fingers... But adjusting them is such a was te of time ! Well you kind of convince me to try false nails.

Reply posted 11 months ago by Marc Mony

Hi Jim, Interesting question. I too have tried just using my nails, bought and gave away all kinds of finger picks. I work as a tool maker so it's hard to keep fingernails intact. I am now using ProPik Finger-Tone picks. I wear them the "usual" way. They are steel finger picks that are open and let some of the fingertip poke through. You need to use a needle nose pliers to shape them but once you get them right, they're very comfortable. I get much better volume than with my fingernails. And by the way, I have also broken my pickin' nails pulling up my zipper.

Reply posted 11 months ago by Craig Brown

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