Topic: Alaska picks
I recently bought a 12 string. Fingerpicking on it is not... well... it's not good. I like finger picking. Plus, there are any number of recording artists fingerpicking on 12 strings, so I know it can be done.
I diddled around with some thumb picks and modified one to have a small enough pick that it works just like a bump on the side of my thumb. This maintains the kind of feel that I want but still gets between the strings and "grabs" to get a good ringing tone.
For fingers, I bought some things called "Alaska picks." This wrap around your finger opposite of a regular finger pick. It has an open area where the meat of your finger can still touch the string. Then there's a metal 'nail' that fits behind your own nail. I've only tried them for a bit, and there's an issue with them rubbing and catching against each other when I use three of them. But...I'll mess around with the fit and size. What I think makes them worth the bother is that I can still feel the string with my finger AND I still get resistance with natural nail so I can hold a note for just a moment and pluck it when I want. I can't do that with regular finger picks because there's no feel left.
I'll work it for a while and write back how it goes.
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