Topic: Finger Picks
I was visiting a banjo shop on Saturday. I didn't get a banjo. They sell other things. They had some gorgeous violins that tempted me, even though I don't play violin. They had an acoustic guitar amp and pedal from Crate that was very affordable and tempted me, but I didn't buy it. I might buy it on my way home. Sonya would have my hide, though, as money's tight just now and will be for a long while as these kids get educated.
Anyway, the point of this post has to do with finger picks. Some may remember that I've been looking for ways to shore up my fingernails or to get some finger picks where I can still get the feel of the string. I tried the standard finger picks, but couldn't feel the strings and so didn't like them. They were also awkward to me. I tried both plastic and metal Alaska picks that tuck under your natural fingernail and act as an artificial extension. I couldn't get used to them, and found them uncomfortable enough that I didn't care to put in the effort to get used to them.
At the banjo shop, I saw something that I thought would work. I tried them, and they worked great. What are they? Banjo clawhammer style fingerpicks WORN BACKWARDS. I put the pad of my finger through where the nail is supposed to be. I get great feel of the string, and the pick catches the string nicely. It will take getting used to, and a little adjustment to my hand position, but these may work out. Remember that clawhammer style is striking the strings on the extension of the finger rather than on the reflexion. I pluck strings during reflexion (is that the right word - I mean when drawing my fingers towards my palm). I bought a set and will diddle with them and see how many strings I break.
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