When Do You Toss Out a Pick?

Discussion in 'Tab, Tips, Theory and Technique' started by tele-rain, Jul 3, 2019.

  1. graybeard65

    graybeard65 TDPRI Member

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    I buy mine in bulk, and as soon as the edge has any sort of burr or notch, they get tossed. Mine have band contact info on them too...they get handed out a lot :)
     
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    I'm so cheap I file them down when the are worn.
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    I tossed them out in 1998.

    Started fingerpicking.
     
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    So you really sock at guitar, huh?
     
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    If you only knew...:(

    I call it stocking up on picks...
     
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    I buy them by the gross. I drop a lot of them as I finger pick too.

    If you followed me around playing you could open a pick store.

    I pull out new ones every time I play somewhere, I never use them practicing at home.

    They're expendables.
     
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  10. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Picks are pretty critical, and right after I started playing guitar, Fender changed the plastic formula in the white Fender Heavy picks.
    The new plastic was less slippery and seemed to wear faster, kind of a grainy texture.
    Threw me into a panic and I protected the last good one I had with my life.
    Quite a few times I'd be hunting for it where it was pretty well lost, but there were fewer pick options in 1980.
    So I tend to try hard to not lose picks.

    Since turn of the century I've been using pickboy metacarbonate picks which are a three layer laminate. Once they wear down a bit they will delaminate, but they are super smooth on the strings and wear pretty slow. More slippery articulate than any of the usual supects like tortex and delrins.

    WRT missing notes and how far the pick sticks out of your grip, I settled on a grip where generally I only expose the smallest possible bit of pick, like maybe 1/8", and brush my thumb lightly against the string when picking a note at least every few notes.
    Of course we need to constantly move toward and away from the strings when single note picking, to jump over unplayed/ skipped strings or to change from one string to another when not in a sweep.
    So keeping the distance from the strings is hugely critical, and the thing that works for me is feel.

    But much of the reason I use this not common technique is because I also like to control my tone and envelope by muting a tiny bit with the flesh of the thumb. Rotation of the wrist sets the thumb angle so I get more or less muting.
    Taking off a little treble with thumb muting allows me to run the amps tone brighter, thus get more tonal variation by technique, and be less reliant on setting the amp to make the tone I want.

    My RH technique is not at all typical though, similar to a few players but maybe much of what I wrote will not apply.

    It can be made to work well though, so if you're considering changing up the RH to solve the problem of missing notes, it's worth trying keeping almost the whole pick hidden and letting your thumb brush or almost brush against the strings on attack.
    I use side of palm muting as well, and sometimes even touch the string on attack with both thumb and finger, for even more muting.
    As little as maybe 1/16" of pick showing can work, so experiment!
     
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    Yep....that's a wrap.

    To answer directly "when do I toss out a pick?".....as soon as I lose it.
     
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    Hi.

    Way too late probably. They get quite 'round' before I move on.
     
  15. MilwMark

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    It is a technique issue. Not a pick issue.

    Slow way down. Use a metronome. Only get faster when you can reliably and smoothly pick each note you intend clearly and cleanly, with minimal effort.

    You shouldn’t need much of the pick sticking out at all.
     
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    Another idea: Check out Cool Picks. They have a rough surface that helps you keep a steady grip.
     
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    I don’t think I have ever thrown out a pick.
     
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    Picks throw themselves out, don't they?

    I buy new picks but the old ones aren't there to be thrown out.

    Actually I changed to those Dunlop grip type picks a while ago from the standard Dunlop green plastic ones.

    These ones don't get lost as easily & last a lot longer (in theory) for me anyway. Also, it seems I barely play anymore.

    I despise worn picks & would rather finger pick than use a dull pick. All my favorite guitar players are finger pickers so that's probably something I should work towards.
     
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  20. Kingpin

    Kingpin Friend of Leo's

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    I rarely throw out a pick. We just mutually agree to go our separate ways.
     
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