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Therealfrogman
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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 3rd, 2018 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For the life of me (mom always said that) "for the life of me" Not sure what it means but I have pretty severe pain in my right extremity, arthritis, couple surgeries, age, etc...

The pick just keeps rotating around when I hold it and strum. Anyone find a thumb pick usable? Do they make them light enough for strumming?

I would be so much better a player if I could hold a pick.

Rant over.

ninworks
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Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Feb 3rd, 2018 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had this same problem after not playing for a few years due to carpal tunnel syndrome. After I had the corrective surgeries done I was able to play again and couldn't hold the picks I used forever. I was always dropping them or they would rotate. I changed to much larger picks and still had the rotation problem but, I didn't drop them as much. I found that the more I practiced the less that problem was. Now it's gone completely. I think it just takes some time to acclimate to the physical changes. At least for me.

ninworks
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Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Feb 3rd, 2018 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

oops. Double post.

(This message was last edited by ninworks at 06:38 PM, Feb 3rd, 2018)

greg1948
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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Feb 4th, 2018 05:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check out the Herco thumb picks. The pick part is shaped like a standard pick, allowing you to get the index finger into the act to make single note picking possible. I use these when the arthritis in my right index finger acts up.

Herco picks

woodall
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Albino Blue
Feb 5th, 2018 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't fret. Many great players NEVER used a pick. Try Albert King as an example.

Use your fingers and develop your own style. Just enjoy it ...

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Feb 6th, 2018 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What about something real thick, like a V-pick? Part of their appeal is that once they get warm from your fingers, they don't spin like most other picks. They have a surprisingly soft feel, and are easy to hold. You gotta get used to (or overlook) the chirp they make when picking on the strings, but lots of people like them.

thumbpicker
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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Feb 6th, 2018 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like the v-picks as well. The only bad about them is if they wind up on the floor you need a flashlight to find them. 'most are clear'. I've used hero but the thumbtack grips keep me too far from the tip which keeps a lot of the pick sticking out....a lot. There is a pick called the Bumblebee pick which uses a thumb pick approach but has a small rotatable jazz shaped pick on it that lets you use the tip only.


Therealfrogman
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Pueblo, Co

Pulu si bagumba!
Feb 6th, 2018 12:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am going to a local music store to see what thay have, I know they have the typical plexiglass of picks but not sure if they have anything good.

I will also try guitar center.

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