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Thread #36348   Message #504371
Posted By: Bill D
11-Jul-01 - 04:23 PM
Thread Name: How do I play autoharp without pain?
Subject: RE: How do I play autoharp without pain?
well, if I had looked further in the folder, I'd have seen that ther are two smaller pics of Kilby & his son, Jim...and that Kilby bent his pick in a funny way at the tip so as to hit the strings with it correctly...prependicular to the strings, even thought the motion of the finger is NOT perpendicular.

Pop Stoneman made a special pick of spring steel for the same reason, and it is kind of a cross between Kilby's and mine...but we all strum in both directions, rather than the the way Brian Bowers developed using standard metal picks, bent slightly.

The Mizrab mau be the easiest solution if you want to try that technique, and has been discussed in several threads, and Alice Flynn posted her source somewhere. (I just buy mine locally)