Johnny Geudel wrote:Larry McDonald is totally right.
With a thumb pick one cannot fully control the timbre, because one cannot use the flesh in combination with the nail.
Moreover, for the same reason there will always be a buzz when the thumb pick hits a vibrating string ( since you cannot damp it with the flesh).
The players you mention can use the flesh however long their thumbnail, due to its form, the thumb pick excludes this.
( I have been using a Fred Kelly thumb pick for the last 1,5 year.)
Where do you get those thumb picks from? are they specifically for classical guitar?
I understand the disadvantages mentioned, but there may be some advantages for those who, like me, struggle to keep a thumb nail.
So far, my bass notes are ringing quite well (rich, loud and resonant) with a thumb pick, so I will give it a go for a few more weeks. I might even be able to use the flesh for stopping notes if I develop a sound thumb pick technique.
As I said previously, I honestly don't see a lot of thumb flesh being used in the thumb technique of many players, unlike the i,m and a fingers, where flesh and nail is absolutely obligatory for so-called "nail" technique.