Re: Awesome Guitar Picks - check them out
Take the time to learn how to use your right hand and you will be rewarded. Picks make playing fast easier to learn, but they limit your playing capacity and tone. You can do anything with your hand that a pick can do and much more.
The advantages of playing with your hands are:
-It is easier to change between which strings you are playing quickly. In other words, greater accuracy when playing on many different strings in a non-strumming motion.
-More flexibility of tone. You can play much softer with your fingers than you ever can with a pick, you can pop the strings (kind of like a bass player), strum with the back of your hand (the flat side of your nails) to get a strum much like a pick, and a slew of other tone adjusting techniques.
-The ability to play strings that aren't next to each other simultaneously, opening your chord voicing vocabulary tremendously. This can be done with a pick, but with much more effort.
-The ability to mute strings while continuing to play others is increased. This comes in handy particularly if you play the slide, but can be used for non-slide playing and also as a quality control if you accidentally have a note ringing that you don't want.
It may not be an easy switch, but it is well worth it. There are several techniques for fingerpicking that you can research, but I recommend putting in the time to find your own system. Also, look up videos of Derek Trucks playing guitar. If you don't play slide at all then try a few videos until you find one of him playing with out the slide. It is a great demonstration of how you can use your right hand to really improve your capacity.
Jimi Thing @ Central Park = The greatest possible arrangment of matter and energy. Warren Haynes hits the brown note @ 11:06 of the official release.