Do you ever strum using just your finger nails?

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KVRian
1173 posts since 16 May, 2020 from a skip somewhere in yorkshire

Post Thu Apr 01, 2021 9:55 am

I've recently started strumming with my finger nails, I found I like the sound it produces as opposed to using a pick. I think flamenco guitarist do this a lot, and I've found I'm quite good at it, to me it seems really natural for me to do and the sound I get is much sharper and clearer than using a pick. It probably won't suit every song I play but I think it can be used a lot in a variety of songs.

Have you ever used this strumming technique and how did you find it? and what songs do you think would not be suitale using this strumming technique?

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KVRAF
2632 posts since 28 Oct, 2007 from michigan

Post Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:57 am

there are lots of great players who use picks and great players who use fingers only
I've never used a pick on my acoustic GTRs - finger strumming adds a different percussive to the strings
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KVRian
1457 posts since 30 May, 2003 from Milan, Italy

Post Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:59 am

Yes, just a different technique and sound, good to be able to do both, when needed.

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1173 posts since 16 May, 2020 from a skip somewhere in yorkshire

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:42 am

Hermetech Mastering wrote: ↑
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:59 am
Yes, just a different technique and sound, good to be able to do both, when needed.
and the thing is you have more control of the volume of the sound you produce in comparison to using picks or thumb strumming.

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Boss Lovin' DR
7784 posts since 15 Mar, 2002 from the grimness of yorkshire

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:49 am

I like to grow them, then cut them, stick all the bits together, and use it as a plectrum.

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KVRAF
6379 posts since 13 Jan, 2003 from Darkest Kent, UK

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:19 am

All the time, especially if it's an open chord, strummy rhythm part.
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KVRAF
1614 posts since 14 Sep, 2004 from $HOME

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:04 am

I’ve been playing acoustic (and little bit electric) guitar for years just with the fingers, picking and strumming, only recently have I picked up a pick again and started practicing with that. It felt very weird at the beginning :)
What I like about playing just the fingers is the flexibility, you can use any combination of picking, slapping, strumming and percussion.

KVRAF
2807 posts since 4 Jan, 2005

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:17 am

Nope

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addled muppet weed
76876 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:43 am

yes.
i use many techniques and tools to "play" the guitar.
plectrum.
fingers.
ebow.
bow
xylo/glock beaters.
ladies intimate massagers.
and more i cba typing!

KVRAF
2807 posts since 4 Jan, 2005

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:47 am

And I bet you put K Y jelly on your nuts to keep things from binding up .

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addled muppet weed
76876 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:50 am

fedexnman wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:47 am
And I bet you put K Y jelly on your nuts to keep things from binding up .
now you're just being rude! :o

i ocassionally soak my nuts in linseed.
no reason, im just kinky.

KVRAF
2807 posts since 4 Jan, 2005

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:06 am

vurt wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:50 am
fedexnman wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:47 am
And I bet you put K Y jelly on your nuts to keep things from binding up .
now you're just being rude! :o

i ocassionally soak my nuts in linseed.
no reason, im just kinky.
What about putting oil that on that frett board wood . :hihi:

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addled muppet weed
76876 posts since 26 Jan, 2003 from through the looking glass

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:08 am

yes, one should polish their wood :tu:

KVRian
812 posts since 27 Apr, 2005

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:19 am

A lot of the time I play with fingers rather than a pick, and have since I started playing 35 years ago. I did try playing that way in a live band setting before tho and found that the darker sound of playing with fingers is more difficult to cut through the mix as opposed to the bright attack of using a pick. YMMV

KVRer
9 posts since 16 Mar, 2021

Post Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:57 am

Yes it's easy enough to strum this way, Sometimes when I was gigging a lot I'd lose my pick and have no choice. Playing solos using your finger nail can be a bit tricky though!

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