I was here for a few short free lessons but moved back to working on jazz standards and chord melody for a while longer. I’m back now working on flatpicking/melody playing on guitar and mandolin.
I’m 68 and have been playing guitar constantly since I was ten. All the years I played electric I mostly always played with my fingers but would also hold a pick on the occasions I needed to use one. I’ve had my acoustic about 8 months now and it’s still a struggle to use a pick doing flatpicking, strumming etc with pick is no problem.
Hammer on’s/pulloffs/series of single notes work fine and with fingers and speed is pretty close to what I need. I do have a problem playing fast single notes with fingers and especially with bluegrass I don’t have time to put the pick in place that I also hold in my hand while playing. It wasn’t a problem with blues/country to alternate between fingers/pick. Now I know I’m losing volume using fingers vs pick on acoustic. Are there any flatpicker’s that use fingers alot or do I need to just manup and keep practicing on using the pick more?
Oh and I spent most all afternoon and last night between guitar/mando lessons here and man there’s a mountain of great tunes and technique’s for me to work on…tks