Post by focusdeepwarm01 on Feb 5, 2006 7:02:05 GMT -7
Hi there, There're lots of good sounding clips here in this forum, and I know some of you guys plays with finger-picking to get those beaufiful tone, I mostly can use only the pick, when I try to add few fingers while playing or use only fingers, my hand seems tie over the string, I've been asking the stage player in the club, try to know any rule to play that, when to use which finger on which string, are there any rules of finger-picking ? but I get the answer---"nope, only the right momemt to use right finger over right string !" Oops~~ that confused me then, should someone good at finger-picking tell me how to do that, 'cause I'm really impressed with the tone created from finger-picking, especially those dude play texas-blues~~
I use pick and fingers...hybrid picking I believe they call it...heres my philosophy... I started using my fingers when I figured out that my picking hand (w/pick only) could no longer keep up with my fretting hand. I know some people can shred with pick only but not me. I started out trying to use my middle finger to pick strings occassionally, then after getting comfortable I added the ring finger. Now, I can use just about any finger(including the pinky although its use is limited) to pick in conjunction with my pick. The original Albert Lee Hot Licks video had a good banjo roll style lick that was very helpful in getting the coordination down...had pretty good closeups too if I remember correctly.
My challenge is I can seem to get better "pull & pop" technique when using fingers only. Problem with that is, when I quickly need the pick, it's tucked away between my fingers. Sooooo, I've been spending many hours working on hybrid...and it's starting to come around.
Start with the pick and middle finger (like rc said above), get that down and then start adding the ring finger. I can get a lot of mileage with just pick and middle only...but bringing in the ring finger allows you to grab two strings and pop/pluck while you pick away with the plectrum. When it's done right (see rc & jc's excellent clips), it's a thing of beauty! Good luck
Just started adding the ring finger the last six months or so, been using 2nd finger for years, here's how I learned HyBrid, double stops, etc...don't laugh.boys.....
Learn the lead to "Gimmie Three Steps" by Lynyrd Skynyrd !! Lot's o chicken pickin' double stops, only on the G/B strings but it's a great excercise for that crucial lick..and fun, then take THAT lick to B/E and D/G...as Madison say's, that'll take ya a LONG way...good luck.
PS, or go to www.terrydownsmusic.com and order his "Guitar styles of Roy Nichols" video, I think you'll find it quite helpful.