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When I was first learning guitar, my dad first taught me how to play guitar using my fingers to strum, and then when I got a guitar teacher, he taught me how to do finger-picking techniques for rhythm and some lead parts. I’ve used picks for two or three songs, but only for rhythm playing, not lead.These days, I’ve learned how to write solos and play semi-fast, even incorporating some tapping into my solos. This is also convenient because it makes it very easy to switch from keyboard to guitar and vice-versa without having to grab or put down a pick. But I’ll admit, I have a long way to go, and part of that is that I don’t know how to do things like sweep-picking or really technical shredding, which most rock guitarists these days seem to be incorporating into their playing. Every time I try to play lead with a pick, it feels like I’m having to re-learn the instrument, and it never goes anywhere.What would your advice be? Is it worth learning (re-learning, even) to play guitar with a pick, or should I focus on trying to hone in my finger-picking abilities and get those sounding as good as I can?Thanks in advance for your advice!
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