So I've been playing acoustic guitar for years and have developed a certain fingerpicking style as well as a really good strumming technique. However, I have never used a pick and always thought it was unnecessary.
But I have found the need to use it in my band because for one, less mud in the mix. And two, it brings a lot more confidence and drive to the whole band. I'm also the singer so it impacts my singing as well.
Downside to it is, I play really sloppy with a pick.. I just don't have the technique and control that I do without one. Mostly because I'm still not quite comfortable with its position in my hand, as well as where to put it when I'm not using it.
It's like I have two real options here if I want to combine a pick with my original fingerpicking style. Use the pick instead of my thumb on bass strings. Or curl my index finger with the pick in it, so the pick is out of the way. That way I can pretty easily pull it out when it's needed.
Both of these options have a huge downside. I can't use my index finger for my fingerpicking and have to rely on my pinky to do the job my ring finger usually does. So my whole coordination with my fingers are skewed one finger. I spent years developing my original style and coordination without a pick, and it now seems I need to do the same with a pick..
So I'm looking at ways to maybe stick the pick to my finger somehow. Maybe with some magnet to a ring on my index finger or something. But I'd think it would already we an available product if that was even a good idea in the first place.
What's the cold hard truth to this issue? Just practice more?