Jay55 Posted November 29, 2022 Share Posted November 29, 2022 Hi, all...my ambition is to beat out Leo Kottke in a picking match! NON! 😉 Seriously, I admire Kottke's wizardry but am enjoying learning little by little all the skills that go into a total guitarist's toolkit. I do watch performances on Youtube a good deal and always gravitate to the finger-style pros. I use a 12-string (that's what Kottke started out with too...) and love the sound, but it comes with a price of extra effort and working on fretting techniques. I hope we can all share some tips to help each other. Here's a tip that I picked up somewhere that works for me. If you are going to be away from your guitar for a number of days, I found that dipping my left fingertips into a little apple cider vinegar in a dish helps preserve your hard-won callouses. (Especially important for 12-stringers as they are extra hard on fingers.) Not rocket science but very useful! Bonus tip for 12-stringers. I almost gave up on my 12 due to the heavy strings that came with it. A guitar shop guy said I needed lighter strings. He was right! Night and day difference! I may go back to heavy strings for sound volume but for now, I can play my 12 pretty much as if it were a 6 as far as finger pain goes. I would never have guessed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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