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Why does this happen?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jackal, Nov 8, 2020.

  1. loopfinding

    loopfinding Tele-Afflicted

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    I just score my pick with a razor blade. Drilling holes in them works too.

    Maybe you’re gripping the pick too tightly? That can squeeze it into another position. I just realized I was holding it too tightly after 20 years. Sounds counterintuitive, but you really only have to barely grip it.
     
  2. blowtorch

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    This was one of the first signs of neurapathy for me. I kept dropping picks at a gig.
    Eventually things got so bad I couldn't operate a doorknob or tie my shoes.
    I've never fully recovered.

    GO GET CHECKED OUT
    For me it was Type 2 diabetes that I didn't know about
     
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  3. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

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    This is also how I roll with the Fender Heavies I like. Score the grip area with a knife in a cross-hatch pattern, it helps a lot.
     
  4. Sconnie

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    Grow out a couple finger nails and start plucking with your fingers. That or get unfocused on it, sounds like you've gotten into your own head.

    Or drink more water and put lotion on your hands when you're not playing?
     
  5. stale facet

    stale facet TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    ☝️ this & what @blowtorch said. Neurological issues can manifest in subtle but surprising ways. Check the simple things first, but don't rule out seeing a doctor.
     
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  6. MarkieMark

    MarkieMark Friend of Leo's

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    Yep. Dropping picks may just be a step in the phase.

    Next thing you know you cant play without dropping the guitar.

    Seriously, chronic dropsies can indicate an underlying issue. Dont overlook the possibility.
     
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  7. Ed Storer

    Ed Storer Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I have the same problem. Dry skin. I have to lick my finger to turn a page of paper.

    My jam buddy turned me on to DIY non-slip picks that work great. Get some super-glue (cyanoacrylate) and lightly apply it to both sides of the top 1/8 inch of the pick then stick the glued end into sand or other grit substance. I haven't had one of these slip yet.
     
  8. Mistahbrock

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    I sanded one pick on the fingerside and it gives a little grip
     
  9. old soul

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    Do you know right when you drop it, or do you realize it's gone after a second or 2?
    Ever have tingley feeling in that hand?
    Get checked for diabetes
     
  10. AofG

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    While I was at the NAMM show, I was given some pick grip stickers to try out. They were really great - kinda like a moleskin, very comfortably, cushy and what I liked the best was it thickened the pick without changing how it felt - so I didn't have to grip as tightly. All in all I could hold the pick more loosely than ever and still have control. I can't find them, gut these seem to be similar. You could probably use any type of thick sticker, but I really liked the material.

    However... +1 to early signs of neuropathy of some sort. Better safe than sorry. That being said, it totally could be all sorts of things - but still worth the time to get checked.
     
  11. wulfenganck

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    That's Karma calling.....stop using picks, start using your fingers instead!
     
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