I got roughly the same difficulties ...
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: I am seeking any advice on how to learn to
: with a thumbpick.
: : 1) String popping (ala Patton,
: House, et al) is much harder with a
: flatpick than a thumbpick. The angle is
: just different.
: If you want to pop the strings, no pick is
: much easier and more standard. Popping
: with a thumbpick, especially one of those
: large National style picks, is tricky and
: won't necessarily give you the right
: sound. Frankly, it'll be a pain. That
: said, I wear a thumbpick, but it's a small
: Fred Kelly Slick pick. Enough of the top
: joint of my thumb protrudes from it that I
: can pop the bass strings fairly easily.
: As for fingerpicks, if you want to pop the
: treble strings like Patton or House (or Bo
: Carter), they'll certainly be troublesome.
: You can't get under the string easily with
: standard steel fingerpicks. Maybe those
: Alaskapiks would work. I used to use
: fingerpicks and rarely do so anymore.
: Since you sound like you would just be
: starting out with a thumbpick, are
: lefthanded, but aren't a novice player,
: I'll play devil's advocate and say, why
: bother? If I had to do it over again, I'd
: ditch the pick (and may do so some day as
: I did with the fingerpicks). Why not just
: develop a nice thumb callus and a bit of
: nail and pick away? Especially if the
: immediate goal is string snapping.
: My two cents.