Vic Lewis

Vic Lewis is 53 years old, and music has been his all-consuming passion since the early days of the Beatles. He’s played guitar for over 30 years – on and off – but only started to learn seriously a few years back. He’s been writing songs almost as long, has been a regular contributor to the Sunday Songwriters Group (the SSG) at Guitar Noise for the last six years or so, and has set the topics for years 7 & 8. Vic plays mostly rhythm guitar, with a little lead and slide, bass guitar and harmonica and noodles around on a keyboard, and when not playing or writing music can probably be found listening to classic rock or oldies from the 60′s 70′s and 80′s. Vic can usually be found behind a Fender Telecaster or a good book, or around the Guitar Noise Forums. Some of his own songs, and a couple of covers can be found here.

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  1. Bob
    February 6th, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    You didn’t mention my number one reason: “I’m lazy”. Selecting picks, buying them, making sure you always have one when you need one, digging through you case (or dryer lint) or whatever to get one…eh. I can just pick up a guitar and play without one.

  2. Aryan
    March 9th, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    I agree but although finger picking is better than using pics it’s always good to have a plectrum.

  3. harm
    April 14th, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    The mainreason…When I am fingertapping, I always lose my plec…and thats interrupting the whole guitar solo, the whole band and the entire concert.

  4. Soph
    June 13th, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I dont really ever use a pick either and i agree with you too they get lost in ya pockets and in the guitar !!!!
    I love to play Blackbird ( beatles) and stuff on my acoustic but if im playin my electric ill use a pick but only very rarely :)

  5. Abidmix
    June 15th, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I feel natural when playing without a plectrum and have greater control on my strumming.My nails are already hard and the guitar pick seems an unnecessary distraction.Therefore I use it for decoration.

    Though I admit that using a pick will produce a sharp toned sound, but that is no way closer to the sound effects due to the strumming acrobatics I can do without it.

    If your fingers are fragile then the pick if for you.

    This is a wonderful post.

  6. Elmo
    September 28th, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    The sound of fingers is more pleasant for most stuff than picks (just think Jeff Beck). Besides, just think of the horrible sound that Yngwie Malmsteen makes on his acoustic. Still I find myself using a pick most of the time. How very strange…

  7. Paul
    October 29th, 2014 @ 8:48 am

    Ditto , I cant be arsed with plecs and only use them when needed.

  8. Marty
    August 19th, 2015 @ 8:34 pm

    I’m with you! I just don’t like the sound of a flat pic for strumming (especially on an acoustic guitar). Learned to play without one. However, I’m about to try a *thumb* pick out. After doing some research, my hope is that it will be easier to do some precise runs on the low strings while still allowing me to strum with my fingers as I always have. Also, in theory, the thumb pick will angle my wrist next to the bridge… so I can do palm muting. I’m thinking of it as a finger nail that grows out the side of my thumb rather than the top. Anyway, it’s all just theory at this point. What can it hurt to try?

  9. mark
    August 30th, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    Thanks, I just looked up how to play with a plec, but was curious to this site.I feel much better now, I might only be a beginner but it stops me thinking I’m doing something wrong just using my fingers etc.

  10. Darrin
    January 10th, 2016 @ 12:45 pm

    I find I make mistakes using a plectrum but not with finger picking. Maybe I need more practice but I just can’t seem to hit strings with any consistency using a plectrum.

  11. Wayne
    March 25th, 2016 @ 8:07 am

    I just can’t discipline myself to use a pick. I like and need the direct feel and feedback of fingers and nails on strings. I like the sound of a well-plec’ed tune but I can do the same thing only softer with my thumbnail. However I recently slammed my finger in the car door and was without thumbnail for a few months which really sucked. But I still didn’t learn to plec.

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