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Is using flesh okay?

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As title says, when I was doing the fingerstyle chapter I sort of learnt playing with flesh without realising. I use an electric guitar mind you so I don't exactly struggle with volume, though I do realise that using the whole part nail part flesh gives a brighter sound. 

I am finding it sort of do-able to learn to use the corner of my thumb (where skin meets nail) but would find it very tricky to learn with the fingers. Would it matter much if I were to stick to using flesh? 


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@flobadob, like you, I find myself being in very much the same situation. Long fingernails are out of the question since I spend most of my time doing renovations but I would like to play more fingerstyle songs. I have tried most of the nail slip-ons which feel terrible but I have had some success with the thumb pick.

So in answer to your question, nothing wrong with playing flesh but I would suggest the thumb pick for a stronger base line response.


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Great question.  Using flesh is fine.

Nails will add volume and give you some tonal options you wouldn't otherwise have.  But, if having nails is impractical for you then don't worry about it.  Just use your fingers.  The technique is the same either way.

Hope this helps!

The main thing is to keep learning.

- Steve


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