Re: strumming without a pick
Guitarpix and Ken are absolutely correct.
I rarely use a pick with an acoustic guitar as you can get so many different sounds by varying the use of your thumb, fingers, nails and flesh. It is also very easy to change from strumming to fingerpicking without having a pick to worry about.
However like anything to do with playing a musical instrument it does take a lot of practice and perseverance, but bear with it as it is worth the effort.
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