Getting A Grip On Your Pick...

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by AxRookie, Nov 8, 2019 at 5:26 AM.

  1. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    Along with my fave flatpicks ( Tortex .73's or Fender mediums) I use these ( to switch between fingerpicking and flatpicking mid-song). Plus they stay on!
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  2. DugT

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    It tastes good too!
     
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  3. Dan German

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    Dang! I haven’t lost a pick in so long that I didn’t know these were a thing! I’m gonna have to try these, since I’ve been using the JD Jazz for so long.
     
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    Cool Picks
     
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    I usually use Ultex Jazz III XL. Nice grip when new. A spit on the fingers (=moist them) every now and then keeps them firm. Otoh, a spit will keep any pick for a song or two. 92D4B2EA-67F5-42B5-8243-BBD553272D9D.jpeg
     
  6. Doctorx33

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    Huh.... I usually use good old Fender or Tortex. I never have issues holding or dropping. In fact, I have a trick where I palm the pick and switch to finger picking, then switch back to the pick.
     
  7. Bob Arbogast

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    I've had issues holding on to picks for years. That all changed when I tried plain old Fender celluloid (medium gauge, 346 shape). They stay put between my thumb and finger. I haven't dropped one since I started using them. I was quite surprised.
     
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    Is that a Costco dinner plate or some newfangled guitar pick you kids today like?
     
  10. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I suspect that pick dropping is a brain issue more than a pick issue.
    When I drop a pick it's my brain telling my hand to let go due to data overload if I get too excited.
    Yeah, playing guitar is still exciting now and then.
    I reckon if the pick was taped to my finger or thumb it might still be there when I tried to grab it again!
    But I like to shift it around for different sounds so I'm not sure sticky would work for me.
     
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    I've been using the Dunlop Gator Grip picks for 20 years and can't remember the last time I dropped one. I could not use tape, the pick needs to be able to move.

    Considering that this looks like the same stuff I use to hold my filter caps in place, as well as the plastic body cladding on '80s German cars, I'd say you should be just fine up to about 155mph.
     
  12. Dismalhead

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    Got a friend who started drilling a bunch of little holes in the grip part of his Fender mediums. I find them now and then and I know who they came from.
     
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    Some people put a whole in their picks, to help grip.
     
  14. Matthias

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    I usually play with a .71mm pick but I lost them all and started using some random 1.4mm Dunlop Prime Tone Jazz picks I probably got for bass. Not only are they really grippy but I’ve found the thickness gets the attack I want more easily, meaning they’re less likely to fly out of my fingers anyway. This discovery surprised me as I don’t like 1mm picks because I still need to dig in but, as they’re quite inflexible, I spend most of my time launching them across the room :D
     
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    Another vote for Snarling Dogs Brain picks. Been using the red .88mm for several years now and I never drop my pick any more.
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    A whole what?!? :eek:
     
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    I have switched to "cool" brand picks with the little blue grippy area, too. Just enough texture to be grippy.
     
  18. ladave

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    I’ve been using these exclusively for awhile now. And whenever I try something else I immediately think I hear a loss in tone quality.

    Not sure if it’s the material or thickness, but I definitely prefer these over anything else I’ve tried.

    Lately I’ve also been experimenting with using the gripping part to get a particular sound like Edge does.
     
  19. bcorig

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    Never thought about the idea that genetic traits could lead to differences in pick accommodation.
    What do I do with 25 of each Dunlop Light and mediums?
     
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    I don't either but there are so many people who love Tortex or Ultex I've gotta figure I'm just different? I would not find it hard to believe there's someone else who has fingers that Ultex sticks too but for me it's like trying to hold a melting ice cube.
     
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