|Fingerpick (Finger Pick) noun \ˈfiŋ-gər ˈpik\
01:07A Fingerpick is a pick worn on the finger to maximize efficiency and tonal projection. A variety of Fingerpick designs and brands are available for both fingers and thumb. Fingerpicks are made either of plastic or metal.
Because fingerpicks and thumbpicks attack the strings differently, most players prefer to use a plastic thumbpick and metal fingerpicks.
At first glance you'd think that fingerpicks simply replace the nails of the playing hand. Except for certain very specialized picks, fingerpicks are actually worn facing the other way, allowing the pick to glide effortlessly off the strings.
Bluegrass banjo players would not be able to perform properly without fingerpicks. With them they achieve the sharp, metallic ring and the speed necessary to play in the dynamic "Scruggs style" Bluegrass tradition.
Lots of guitarists also use fingerpicks if they want a more strident, powerful tone and a rhythmic rolling bounce to their playing. In fact, "Fingerpicking Guitar" refers to a style of guitar playing unto itself.
Also See: Fingerstyle (Finger Style)
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