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12toneman
Akahai

USA
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Posted - 02/11/2020 :  11:45:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

thumbstruck
Ahonui

USA
2051 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2020 :  1:56:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Life is too short to be hemmed in by others' ignorance ...I'm dealing with my own!
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sirduke58
`Olu`olu

USA
993 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2020 :  6:09:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good one, Sebastian. I believe that suggested usage of finger picks is meant for standard tuning & not for nahenahe kiho'alu

Or maybe that's how you use finger picks if you want to combine fingerstyle & steel guitar. How you figgah, slpry1?

Edited by - sirduke58 on 02/12/2020 6:21:15 PM
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Maliko
Akahai

USA
94 Posts

Posted - 02/12/2020 :  6:22:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Whaa? .... Boddah you?

Put da "pila" back in "Kanikapila"
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Eynowd
Lokahi

Australia
169 Posts

Posted - 02/13/2020 :  2:46:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sebastian,

If you prefer to use fingerpicks on the back of your fingernails, perhaps consider the Fred Kelly Freedom Picks.

I've got some and I find them better than the ones that you wear like the ones in the photo you included (which is the way Uncle Led wears his).

I prefer playing with my natural nails though. I find I have a better sense of where my fingers are that way.

Geoff - g'day from Canberra, Australia.
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thumbstruck
Ahonui

USA
2051 Posts

Posted - 02/14/2020 :  06:17:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After 40 years of washing windows, I've gotten used to really short fingernails. I play bare fingered at home and recordings, but with others, I use light gauge 18, brass finger picks and a Goldengate thumb pick. Play with what is comfortable. Play clean. Don't hurt yourself.

Edited by - thumbstruck on 02/16/2020 06:30:31 AM
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slipry1
Ha`aha`a

USA
1500 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2020 :  11:18:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use a John Pearse short thumb pick and .024" brass finger picks on my lap steels. I switch to steel picks for pedal steel. I finger pick my guitar bare fingered.

keaka
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