1 Journeyman 4 months ago I've always used my pinky to some extent, but it's never been anything but lame, figuratively speaking. I also go back and forth between hybrid style (flat pick with fingers) and thumb pick. Question for you who use only hybrid picking for Travis/Atkins style playing. Just how practical is it to expect to be able to develop the pinky to any level of real strength and control? I'm talking about using it as much as the ring finger with a thumb pick. Most classical guitarists say it's impossible because it's too short and shares a bone with the ring finger, or something like that. Anyone here 'done it?' Know what I mean?