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(@jambongris)
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Do I need long fingernails to do fingerstyle/finger picking?  I've avoided learning this technique because I play piano and need to keep my nails short.  This is why I'm on CGO, where flatpicking is the norm.  

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Topic starter Posted : December 12, 2023 10:31 PM
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(@jerseychicadee)
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I don’t keep my nails long at all and do just fine. 

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Posted : December 13, 2023 8:07 AM
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 John
(@wjssavhotmail-co-uk)
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You would certainly get a cleaner sound with a longer finger nail, I tend to keep my pinkie on my picking hand longer than the rest.

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Posted : December 13, 2023 2:31 PM
(@jambongris)
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@wjssavhotmail-co-uk Thanks John.  I'm kind of new to this guitar game so I'm not familiar with a lot of the accessories that guitarists use.  I've seen thumb picks, but it wasn't until yesterday when I saw a video of Townes Van Zandt playing Poncho and Lefty in a YouTube video surrounded by a bunch of his friends.  He jokes that he's going to play a medley of his greatest hit.  Singular.  Anyways, he's picking his guitar strings with metal picks on each and every one of his strumming hand fingers, along with a thumb pick.  I hadn't seen these types of finger picks before so now I'll have to mosey on down to my local guitar store a acquire me a bunch of those metal picks and I won't have any more excuses for not learning to finger pick.

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Topic starter Posted : December 17, 2023 7:01 AM
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 John
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@jambongris Using finger picks is not as easy as it looks Michael.

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Posted : December 17, 2023 9:24 AM
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(@jambongris)
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@wjssavhotmail-co-uk Thanks for the tip John.  I won't acquire finger picks at this point in time then.  I imagine what you're saying is these picking accessories are for people who have a lot of prior experience with figerpicking/fingerstyle playing au natural.

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Topic starter Posted : December 18, 2023 9:29 AM
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 Thib
(@thib)
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I'm trying to get into picking... without the nails, if I have to wait for them, I'll start in 2043...
 
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Posted : December 18, 2023 12:12 PM
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(@jambongris)
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@thib You probably get a cleaner (as John pointed out), more articulate sound from nail picking as opposed to a softer, warmer tone from no nails.  I envy you having to wait years to grow out your nails because I need to be constantly clipping my overly zealous growing fingernails.

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Topic starter Posted : December 19, 2023 7:20 AM
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 Thib
(@thib)
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@jambongris I cut them with my teeth too often (nervosity?) 😀 😀

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Posted : December 19, 2023 10:31 AM
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(@jambongris)
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@thib Well that explains it.  I can think of much worse habits to overcome nervousness.  Smoking and drinking to name a couple. 

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Topic starter Posted : December 19, 2023 1:15 PM
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 Thib
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@jambongris he he we can find a lot 😉 😉

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Posted : December 20, 2023 7:17 AM
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