I'm trying to use them/get used to them again (used them years ago). They come in handy when you want some more volume and articulation...but they do take some getting used to.
I have two different gauges: .015 and some thicker .025. Slightly thicker tone from the .025, as you'd expect.
Getting them shaped to fit your fingers comfortably is important, and I wear them at an angle on my fingers so that they strike the strings "perpendicular" rather than at an angle - otherwise the wound G strings can sound pretty scratchy. Takes some time to develop your technique. Keep at it.
Post by rickyguitar on Feb 15, 2020 22:20:00 GMT -5
I have never tried them on guitar. When I was playing banjo I used metal thumb and finger picks. A plastic thumb pick seemed to throw off the balance to me. Funny thing, I went and bought a set hoping a banjo comes my way, baiting the trap as it were.
I tried plastic finger picks and adjusted them the way he did on his fingers so that they would hit the string straight up. I like what this guy is doing. The thing about plastic finger picks even though I heated them up so they would conform to my finger diameters they would tend to try and return to original position and squeeze my finger to tightly. I am going to try the metal finger picks with the plastic thumb pick.
Nice video of you playing. I also use the same type of finger picks and turn them at an angle on my fingers so I am picking the string with the flat of the pick as they don't seem to "scratch" like that. I never liked the plastic thumb picks as the plastic never holds up and eventually breaks, I tried metal thumb picks but found them too "scratchy". A good few years back I bought a Herco thumbpick, not the all plastic ones they have now but a metal one with a plastic pick riveted to it. I like this but found the pick part too heavy and as I use 0.75 nylon flatpicks decided to round off the pick part of the Herco and superglued a nylon flat pick onto it. This works extremely well for me and as a bonus it can rotate on the rivet if I want to use the wider radius of the back edge instead of the point. The superglue holds them forever, when they wear down too much I slice them off with a stanley blade and glue a new on.