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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:55 am

Strumming with a hard pick is just technique like anything else. You need to be more accurate but loose. It's definitely better for more sophisticated strumming/picking/muting techniques but definitely not as forgiving.

Then we get on to how you hold the pick and stuff like 'pick slanting' (whatever that means, I watched the whole video a while ago and still haven't got a clue :headbang: ). Have fun :thumb up:

Re Tortoiseshell, Michael Wegen uses a material reputed to be very close in feel and sound, and it's readily available so no worries about wearing them out (though he says he will replace a worn out pick foc) or them getting lost.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby adrian_k » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:11 pm

Sam Spoons wrote:Strumming with a hard pick is just technique like anything else. You need to be more accurate but loose. It's definitely better for more sophisticated strumming/picking/muting techniques but definitely not as forgiving.

Yeah I'm happier with anything over 1mm up to anything really. Jack of some trades on the guitar so tend to use the same pick for electric, acoustic and mandolin, can't be bothered switching picks between songs, just something else to go wrong. I guess I've learned to be not too fussy and get on with what I've got. I tried one of those gypsy Wegen picks recently (being used by another player), got on with it fine and might well look into one of those..

Bigger problem is my nails. Had some acrylics put on in March, which were great and lasted well into May, but now they are off my nails are in a dreadful state - dried out, flaky, thin, basically useless.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:16 pm

Yup, nails are a real problem and while acrylics do work they don't do your real nails any favours at all.......

I use my Wegen GJ picks for everything as I said above. If you want something a little more economical try his BlueGrass picks, they look like a standard tortex with some holes in but are 1.4mm thick and made from Michael's super hard pic material. I have a few as my backup picks.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Alba » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:17 pm

Sally Hansen Diamond Nails for me. I'm not gigging but play two plus hours a day with fairly heavy strings and a twelve string and my nails keep fine.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:55 pm

Alba wrote:Sally Hansen Diamond Nails for me.

So the stilettos and fishnets are just a lifestyle choice then? ;)
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby adrian_k » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:14 pm

Alba wrote:Sally Hansen Diamond Nails for me.
Yep I've tried that but doesn't seem to work for me :(
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Alba » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:15 pm

Wonks wrote:
Alba wrote:Sally Hansen Diamond Nails for me.

So the stilettos and fishnets are just a lifestyle choice then? ;)


You loved it you dirty wabbit,
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Alba » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:17 pm

adrian_k wrote:
Alba wrote:Sally Hansen Diamond Nails for me.
Yep I've tried that but doesn't seem to work for me :(

It only works if you wear stilettos and fishnets,
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Wonks » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:02 pm

:bouncy: :clap:
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby adrian_k » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:06 pm

Of course! :headbang:
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:13 pm

Acrylics are great if you commit to the full time, I haven't but the couple of friends who have used them confirm the fact that your natural nails are very badly affected if you use them as a temporary fix.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Music Wolf » Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:29 pm

About 30 minutes ago I received my new Tiber Tones pick through the post https://www.amazon.co.uk/Stone-Tones-Mixed-Tin-4/dp/B00JDH53J4/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1531221927&sr=8-6&keywords=timber+tones

I'm always on the lookout for suitable replacement picks (I use a StoneWorks thin but, whilst it won't wear out, it can get lost just as easily as any other pick). First impressions of the Timber Tone are very good. I do have a titanium pick on order.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:43 pm

Titanium? Cool. But it must cost as much as a cheapo guitar?
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby BJG145 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:50 pm

Random Guitarist wrote:Can there be 'the one' when it comes to picks?

Guess you're right. I've already moved on. It's evolution rather than revolution though; I'm now onto the Jazz III ultex. :tongue:

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These feel so much nicer than the last red Jazz IIIs I bought off eBay that I'm wondering if they were fakes; they seem cheap and scratchy by comparison. Seemed to be a reputable dealer though, and they were slightly more expensive than the ultex ones, so I'm slightly puzzled.

*edit* ...so, that last lot were nylon. I wasn't really aware of the difference between nylon, tortex and ultex. Put me right off nylon though. I'm trying to improve my abysmal picking speed, and this ultex stuff slides off the strings like warm butter.
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Re: New favourite pick

Postby Music Wolf » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:25 pm

The second pick that I'd ordered arrived shortly after the first

https://www.timber-tones.co.uk/inlay-tones-black-mother-of-pearl-1-guitar-pick-4731-p.asp

My new 'go to' pick
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