I want to play the guitar but don't want creepy nails.
February 25, 2013 11:19 AM Subscribe
Can you point to me some acoustic guitar players who play fingerstyle with their skin rather than their nails?
posted by mockpuppet to media & arts (16 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I have played guitar off and on for a long time with varying degrees of proficiency. I like playing fingerstyle, but have no desire to grow my nails. Partly because I work as a nurse and that would be gross and also probably cut the 100 pairs of gloves I put on every night. And partly because it looks really awful to me.
That said it seems like 100% of famous players I know about who fingerpick use either fingerpicks or grow their nails. I was originally a bass player and sort of fetishize the idea of skin on strings. Can you give me any examples of (well known/famous) acoustic guitar players who play with their skin rather than nails?
The only person who comes to mind is Wes Montgomery and he's not really an "acoustic" player.