Thumb picking vs pick


William MG
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William MG
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03/15/2019 5:31 pm

Hello all. 3 months into learning guitar and I have a question regarding thumb vs pick. It may be an age thing, but I am finding it so much easier to learn just using my thumb vs using the pick. I can use a pick and do, but section over section, I am much more comfortable with my thumb and much smoother. As soon as I "pick up" the pick, its like my 2 hands are no longer talking to each other. Bizarre??!!

Is this something that experience may overcome? Thoughts are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks!


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fuzzb0x
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fuzzb0x
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03/16/2019 10:17 am

You can buy thumb plectrums that actually clip onto your thumb, it may be worth you trying one of these and see how you get on with that.


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samesound
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03/17/2019 12:10 am

There is nothing wrong with playing only using your thumb and fingers, "Mark Knopfler" is a fine example. However I would certainly stick with each technique until you can grasp it. Sometimes we just cant get it. I've tried and tried to play with a thump pick but no luck. I love hybrid picking though.


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03/19/2019 3:29 pm

Thank you both for the replies


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