Since Dynamo's New Years Eve gig at Acme on 12/31/15, I have (for the most part) been playing without a pick. I have had some relapses into playing with a plectrum from time to time and a few forays into playing with a thumbpick, but I just keep coming back to fingerstyle as a "home-base" technique.
The time, feel and tone of players such as Ry Cooder, Ted Greene, Derek Trucks, Charlie Hunter, Blake Mills, and Wes Montgomery, just to name a few, was an inspiration for me to start exploring a pick-less approach. I had always played hybrid style with a pick and fingers and would often tuck the pick behind my first finger and play with my thumb and fingers. However, I found this limiting. I could for the most part get the tone I was looking for while tucking the pick behind my finger, but when it came to playing complex lines or emulating some of Ry Cooder's rhythmic patterns it became clear that holding a pick in my hand was getting in the way.Read More