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New Fingerpick Day! | by Earl Goedvolk
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New Fingerpick Day!

It's New Fingerpick Day! That after 15 years of usage, no filing and still perfectly fine! So today I tried a fingerpick from my new supply. They're narrower now which makes them difficult to mold in hot water. I re-mold them so that I am free to touch the strings directly for multiple harmonics, tapping, percussion, etc. And, yes, I wear them "wrong". I've done so for 35 years without regret :)


That said, several years ago I switched to using bare flesh. Initially, it took more effort to project notes and produce tone, but the benefits are truly astounding. Many fast, single note lines are easier and far more defined than when using a thumbpick. The increased exertion also greatly improves technique. And with virtually no risk of damaging the guitar top, you extend the life of your Golden Era 45 ;) It is a wonderfully liberating experience, and I have no intention of ever reverting!


Still, I just had to try these new fingerpicks for old times' sake ;)

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Taken on February 10, 2018