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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Yet another concession to age

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Tbird Greg
Dec 31st, 2017 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've played with heavy gauge picks for years and lately jazz picks. I like the crisp articulate sound the produce. In the last couple years, the knuckles in my right index finger have occasionally been sore after extensive playing. Now, I'm playing even more and they are hurting almost all the time. So, I've decided to use mediums to take some of the pressure off. Even while I'm playing, I feel less tenderness, and afterwards, little or no pain.

One other reason I liked heavy picks vs mediums is that when I feel that I have to "dig in", the medium feels like a limp noodle. Now, I'll just turn the volume up and let the amp do the heavy lifting.

(This message was last edited by greg1948 at 12:37 PM, Dec 31st, 2017)

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Dec 31st, 2017 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Watched a Utube vid a while back where Bonamassa suggested using heavy picks but with a light touch and as you say let the amp do the heavy lifting.



Dec 31st, 2017 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Have you tried V-picks?


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in the fecal position
Dec 31st, 2017 07:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another great option is to use a thumb pick.

You don't have to pinch it to keep it in place.

That eliminates most of the lateral stress on the joints of the index finger.

Happy 2018, Greg!

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Jan 1st, 2018 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have tried V picks and do like them. Thing is, the way I lose stuff, at $4 a pop for each pick, I'd go broke.

I've also tried various thumb pick like the Herco and Kelly Bumble Bee just to take the pressure off the index finger. But I don't feel like I play as accurately with them.

And Happy New Year to all!

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