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Question for guitar players

Postby Mike C » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:40 pm

How do you fingerpick a guitar and make it not sound like shit?

I have a huge callous on the tip of my middle finger from throwing drives in DG and now when I try to fingerpick on my classical guitar it produces a higher pitched, shitty sounding tone. I've started using my thumb and ring finger more as a result, changing the way I play certain songs.

Any advice?
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby jubuttib » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:31 pm

Fingernails. =)
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby El Presidente » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:32 pm

How do you get a callous on your middle finger from golfing disc? I used to get insane callouses on the fingertips of my left hand from playing guitar all the time and I found you can file them down to make them smooth. Just use a nail file or some sand paper.

P.S. I'm equally average at finger picking and disc golfing so take that for what it's worth :O)
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby inthedrift » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:15 pm

jubuttib wrote:Fingernails. =)


This sums up my dilemma. I love having long enough nails on my pick hand when I pick up my Martin, but want them trimmed short when I pick up my Wizard...
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby Mike C » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:33 pm

Exactly why I haven't tried the nails thing =/
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby keltik » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:56 pm

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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby Dump truck » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:31 pm

I tend to use mostly my ring finger and thumb.I use more fingers for some songs but not real often. I figure it's better in the long run to learn to use more of your hand.

I'd say try to grow your fingernails to a manageable length so that they work for dg and guitar. Nothing wrong with getting a nail file to keep them in good working order. I tried the thumb pick with no success. Antoine Dufour uses acrylic nails and files them down but that would be way too long though to play and golf.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby Itchy » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:37 pm

The second one from the list Keltic put up is what I use... I don't like having long enough nails for guitar so I use a couple of those nickel silver finger pick deals.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby jubuttib » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:16 pm

Yep, can't really have guitar nails and still be able to disc properly.

You might also just have a technique problem, would be easier to say if you made a video.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby walker » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:20 pm

If you want appropriate nails for guitar, learn to throw forehand.
If you want appropriate nails for frisbee, learn to play guitar with a pick.

If you want to do both, you'll never be great at either.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby pietrocrespi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 12:58 pm

I am a badass at both.


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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby veganray » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:01 pm

I suck at both.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby NoLifeLeft » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:26 pm

veganray wrote:I suck at both.

As do I. And yet I still enjoy putting forth the effort for some reason.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby Junksoap » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:09 pm

Um, you really don't NEED fingernails to be good at fingerpicking on a guitar.

I've never used my nails, I use the pads of my fingertips. I assume OP is referring to the kind of high-pitched "scraping" sound of the callous rubbing against the string.

If you're not able to fool around with the way the pad of your finger is sounding the string so that you're avoiding the sound you described, then you could always just avoid your middle finger entirely and pick with index/ring/pinky. I used to use all four fingers and thumb for finger picking until I smashed my hand (by the pinky) in a couple of spots in college. My hand hasn't been the same since, and I now use thumb/index/middle/ring.

Basically, it's a technique issue...work on plucking the string with the pad of your fingertip more than scraping the pad of the finger across the string.
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Re: Question for guitar players

Postby Itchy » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:03 pm

1) disc golf right handed (with short nails on your right hand)

2) play guitar left handed (with long nails on your left hand)

3) profit?
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