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Offline uburoibob

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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2009, 07:46:53 PM »
I think it really has everything to do with what you are playing. For me, within a single song or even a phrase, I'll grip the pick in different ways. Comes down to what you are trying to say. Of course, if you are always playing the same thing, you'll probably develop a specific grip. But if you are lacing your playing with different attack dynamics, I'd say trying to lock into a this-or-that way of holding the pick is incredibly limiting.

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« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2009, 02:06:11 PM »
i dont hold it TOO tight,,

but pretty tight.. same strength for speed picking or just chords...
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« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2009, 03:48:26 PM »
It depends on what I am playing. I use the same picks as Paul. But being a reformed bajoist and a lefty that plays righty I have a pretty weird picking style. When I finger pick I do it three finger scruggs-style with the pinky and the ring down on the guitar. But w/ no pick. Flat-picking about the same only holding the pick with thumb and index, sometimes rising my index/pinky up to pluck with the middle.

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« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2009, 09:30:09 PM »
Depends on the pick, too. There is one song we do where I have a repeated 3 note run, in 16th notes, for 16 measures. No chance to shift the pick for sliding, just keep going with the 16th notes. Best solution for that song for me is using an F1 pick (f1pick.com). They are absolutely weird, but they don't shift. For most everything else I keep just enough grip to keep the pick from sliding or shifting, using a Dunlop Tortex 58 for strumming, 73 if mixed, 96 for lead. Thickness absolutely affects tone.

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« Reply #19 on: April 25, 2009, 05:29:26 PM »
I know the gypsy jazz guys use really thick picks, and to my ear, they play the combination of the fastest and most complex runs. http://www.wegenpicks.com/

I also like the DuGain picks for various styles, including Gypsy Jazz. http://www.dugainpicks.com/

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Offline Willie K

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« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2009, 04:29:55 AM »
I only use Dava picks http://www.davapick.com/ and they have helped me to achieve a better picking technique.

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« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2009, 11:51:03 AM »
I use the Dunlop Jazz III minis. It's a pretty thick pick and it's very precise considering the size. Good for any style imo. Makes pinch harmonics easier. I normally give a nice firm grip on it whenever I'm single not picking. Strumming I do ease up a bit mainly cause the thickness of the pick.
 

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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2009, 12:27:41 AM »
Monkey see, monkey do. I've been drilling holes in my picks. With the right pattern and size of holes in the pick it changes the way a pick sticks to the fingers and I forget about keeping a hold of the pick and just enjoy the way the pick feels and plays. Strangely the number and size of holes seems to effect the tone of the pick slightly and  I'm not talking about making a cheese grater of the pick. I'm not going to tell you the size and pattern I'm using but if you want to try to copy it then drill the pick with a 1/2" drill bit and see what happens.

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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2009, 03:40:51 PM »
I use the pick as an EQ.  How firm, where I strike the string, the angle of attack of the pick, all help define tone.  I also have a tendency to add a tiny bit of harmonic to the note by letting my thumb or index finger slightly touch the string as I play.  And I use various picks from 1 to 2mm depending on style and how I feel that day!

I've also used Dugain picks which are very special as they are not only thick, they are made to be held perfectly between thumb and index and have a very distinct beveled edge which makes the string attack both tight and smooth.  Very cool.  I just lose more picks than socks and so Dugain became an expensive habit!  But for those who keep one pick in their wallet and use it for 6 months without losing it, then I would definitely recommend them.  Very special.

Most important for me, is that the pick is a part of the sound I can generate.  And sound has more to do with fingers and pick (or no pick) attack than amp settings in my opinion.  So that's really key.

And by the way, there's a definite pleasure in palming the pick and using fingers to get a different texture, even in the middle of a burning solo!
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« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2009, 12:50:07 AM »
I got some of the Dunlop ULTEX Sharp picks, 1.0mm, 1.14mm, 1.4mm, & 2.0mm. There is a big difference from the ULTEX Standard picks in the pick thickness at the edges. The Sharp are very tapered in being thickest in the center of the pick and thinner on the point edges. I got out the digital multimeter to measure. The 1.14mm Standard ULTEX was thicker than 1.14 usually, between 1.14 and 1.2mm. I won't know if I like the Sharp type until the tip wears down some, the tone may be a slight bit thin until the tip gets broken in. My favorite for awhile has been the Standard 1.14mm type.

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« Reply #25 on: October 30, 2009, 01:18:42 AM »
The ULTEX Sharp picks have broken in very nicely and are starting to  have a good tone. I'm favorably impressed. The edges opposite the sharp point have a softer attack that I like, how soft depending on pick thickness. Thicker the pick the softer the tone on the more rounded edges. I may be holding on to this style pick more than  to to the Ultex Standard so more  hole  drilling may be in store.

Got a pack of Clayton Black Raven picks that are made  to reduce string pop and it is softer on the pick attack. It will be interesting on how it breaks in.

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« Reply #26 on: October 30, 2009, 09:34:03 AM »
At a slight tangent does anybody remember tortoiseshell picks (now outlawed). To my ear they were a definite step up from the rest.
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« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2009, 02:30:52 PM »
Okay.... I've held back long enough.  It's my grip on reality that I question far more than my grip on a guitar pick.  Maybe good musicianship starts from there?
 

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Offline BrainWorm

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« Reply #28 on: October 31, 2009, 02:02:51 AM »
I tried to hold back too, but composing by the dashboard lights?  If I were concerned about reality I wouldn't be drilling holes in guitar picks. (humor)

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« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2009, 07:17:27 AM »
The great thing about picks these days is that they let me walk into the music store and buy something.

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