Picking vs. Fingerpicking on Acoustic Guitar
Acoustic Guitar Techniques & Essentials • 7m 18s
There are advantages and disadvantages to fingerpicking versus using a guitar pick, and those differences are especially apparent on an acoustic guitar. Regarding guitar picks, the pick gauge and material will have a noticeable impact on the guitar tone, as you’ll hear in this lesson. In general, guitar picks offer a more even and full sound than fingerpicking will, especially when strumming. On the flip side, fingerpicking allows for more acrobatic moves on the fretboard as well as specific strings being played simultaneously or in cascading motions.
Dunlop Tortex Heavy gauge picks (best for lead)
Dunlop Tortex Medium gauge picks (most versatile)
Dunlop Tortex Light gauge picks (best for strumming)
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