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    Well, to me, people just dont look right tapping with their middle finger. They definitely dont look as fluid as Ed tapping with his index finger.

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    Maybe thatís why I find Edís technique comfortable because I normally pick lead stuff with my middle finger and thumb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Well, to me, people just dont look right tapping with their middle finger. They definitely dont look as fluid as Ed tapping with his index finger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
    AFAIK, Edward switched to holding the pick with his thumb and middle finger, sometime around the second album, when everybody was expecting, and/or demanding that he do more of that excellent tapping thing, that everybody loved so much, and consequently was paying so many more bills...
    He had found his meal ticket.
    Otherwise, before that time, he held it just like the rest of us slobs.

    He used to point out in early interviews, how he ever so cleverly tucked his pick in his middle finger joints, so he could do that excellent tapping thing, with his free index finger.

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    I always played with my thumb and middle finger on the pick for leads, it had nothing to do with Ed. Thatís just what I did when I started playing because I felt like I had more control picking individual notes like that. I didnít even realize Ed played that way until I really watched him years later. And it does make it convenient to tap with your first finger and tuck the pick away. I did it so mindlessly I didnít even realize it. But whatís funny as Iíve gotten older I notice now that Iím holding the pick with my first finger and thumb on almost all my leads. At some point it just changed for me itís really weird, I donít know even know when it happened.

    I donít even think I could tap with my middle finger, just donít have the control. I still always tap with my first finger and tuck the pick under the middle finger.
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    What sorcery is this?

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    What sorcery is this?
    You might be a wizard on the frets my friend, but no one rules these boards like me! The Atomic Gif'er!! Ah yeah!!! Waaaa aaaaaa aaaah!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JUNGLE DRUMMER View Post
    Well, to me, people just dont look right tapping with their middle finger. They definitely dont look as fluid as Ed tapping with his index finger.
    Yup. Tapping with the index finger allows your other fingers to grab the neck, offering more control and stability. I find it way more accurate, way more precise, and just overall more professional looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    Yup. Tapping with the index finger allows your other fingers to grab the neck, offering more control and stability. I find it way more accurate, way more precise, and just overall more professional looking.
    Yet the middle finger is the strongest and you don't have to 'lose' the plectrum, which ensures a seamless transition from picking to tapping and back again.

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    Obviously there are pros and cons to each method. Different strokes, or in this case different taps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    Obviously there are pros and cons to each method. Different strokes, or in this case different taps.
    Yeah, I've never cared for the middle finger tapping myself, but the cool thing about guitar and music in general is that there are no hard and fast rules (other than play in tune) and the canvas offers unlimited possibilities based on our own personal interpretations, strengths, and weaknesses.

    If someone prefers to use the middle finger and it works better for them, more power to them.
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    ...but the cool thing about guitar and music in general is that there are no hard and fast rules (other than play in tune)...
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    Well, I can no longer pick with my middle finger, so, I guess I'm never doing that technique again. LOL
    I could pick with my middle, and tried that picking before I lost a half inch of my ring and middle finger tips, but it woulda took a lot of practice.

    If I had to retrain for middle finger picking I probably could, even with a huge nail there instead of a finger tip, but I finally comfortable how I'm playing, so, I'll just stand pat and try to get better how I play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrideofPasadena View Post
    Well, I can no longer pick with my middle finger, so, I guess I'm never doing that technique again. LOL
    I could pick with my middle, and tried that picking before I lost a half inch of my ring and middle finger tips, but it woulda took a lot of practice.

    If I had to retrain for middle finger picking I probably could, even with a huge nail there instead of a finger tip, but I finally comfortable how I'm playing, so, I'll just stand pat and try to get better how I play.
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