The thumb pick can be a very useful device, or tool if you like, for the fingerpicking guitarist.
However, do you really need to use one when fingerpicking guitar?
In this video lesson, I show you the ins and outs of the thumb pick, including:
1. Thumb Pick Basics
Here I show you exactly what a thumb pick is, and how to place it on your thumb to get the best sound.
I also show you the best kind of thumb pick to use for overall ease of playing.
2. Thumb Pick Verses Thumb
In this section, I give you a side by side comparison of the sound of the thumb pick verses the flesh of your thumb via several excerpts of music.
In doing so, you’ll learn which kinds of fingerpicking are best to play with the thumb pick and which are not. Of course, it is ultimately up to you, but I will lay out the possibilities here.
3. Which Is Best For You - The Thumb Pick Or Your Thumb
Finally, you’ll learn how to decide if the thumb pick is something you should use when fingerpicking guitar. There is no right answer here, and if you are like me, it will come down to the context in which you are fingerpicking your guitar.
Watch the video below to learn more:
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About The Author: A musician and guitar instructor from Melbourne, Australia, Simon Candy specialises in a number of styles including blues, jazz, rock, and fingerpicking. Teaching both locally in his own guitar school, and internationally with masterclasses in the US regularly, Simon also offers acoustic guitar online lessons