The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #57003   Message #1163911
Posted By: Strollin' Johnny
17-Apr-04 - 03:35 PM
Thread Name: Finger/Thumb Picks
Subject: RE: Tech: Finger/Thumb Picks
Betsy, try 'The Music Room' at Cleckheaton (West Yorks) or their Oxford shop.

(Sorry, tried to make a blicky but as always it wouldn't play ball)

HOWEVER - prepare to be disappointed with aLaska-piks, tried both the brass and plastic ones with no success - you have to have long nails for them to sit under (seems daft and end-defeating to me!).

I keep saying this in 'pick' threads - get down to your local manicurist and get fibreglass or gel overlays. Indestructible! Re: the thumbpick question, I used to play the way I suspect you do - thumb picking inside my fingers (hand like a 'claw')? I forced my self to straighten my thumb and practised, practised, practised with a thumb pick. No problem now and it's a far more natural way to play. I use Herco (blue) thumbpicks which I have to buy from the States. Hogan's (Steel guitar specialists) in Newbury used to stock them but alas no more. Incidentally, I've played the guitar since I was 13 and I'm 57 now - changed my picking style about 9 or 10 years ago (aged around 47) so I guess old dogs can learn new tricks!!

All the best mate, hope some of the above is helpful.

Bye now,
Johnny :0)