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banjoman1201

United States
153 posts
since 4/6/16

03/20/2017 16:42:39 View banjoman1201's Photo Albums View banjoman1201's Blog Reply with Quote

I've noticed Ron Stewart keeps his finger picks super straight but I see some people who round them out,which would get better tone as in warmer and fuller, also any finger pick brands recommendations,I've been playing a good long while now, so just want some of yalls thoughts?

 


Edited by - Bill Rogers on 03/20/2017 18:01:21

tloftis

United States
231 posts since 9/20/07

03/20/2017 18:34:26 View tloftis's Classified Ads Reply with Quote

Most curve them. Showcase 41's, best bang for the buck. If money's no object Yates oval 8's.

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banjoman1201

United States
153 posts since 4/6/16

03/20/2017 18:41:28 View banjoman1201's Photo Albums View banjoman1201's Blog Reply with Quote

Are Yates oval 8s straight like rons?

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asmcsgac

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1507 posts since 11/16/06

03/20/2017 18:46:56 View asmcsgac's Classified Ads View asmcsgac's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

quote:
Originally posted by banjoman1201

Are Yates oval 8s straight like rons?

I'm looking at my pair and they are "perfect".  Could be described as more flat than round and near exact replicas of the old National Oval 8s profile.


Edited by - asmcsgac on 03/20/2017 18:48:08

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thejd123

United States
85 posts since 7/12/10

03/20/2017 22:47:02View thejd123's MP3 Archive View thejd123's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I keep mine straight because in the scenarios I usually play, I need good volume and note separation. I do like the tone given from curving them, but I've gotten so used to playing them the other way that I almost can't play them any other way.

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Tractor1

284 posts since 9/12/16

03/21/2017 03:49:14View Tractor1's MP3 Archive View Tractor1's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

It is not one way fits all.hands vary ,ability to bend fingers varies.Set-up needed to play the banjo varies.Rounded would be easier since most picks are that way out of the box.Most players are great that way.I flatten,twist ,grind ,and curse mine ha ha

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Craig_BPlayers Union Member

United States
685 posts since 11/22/09

03/21/2017 04:19:37 View Craig_B's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Do what works for you. Experiment.

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TexasbanjoPlayers Union Member

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United States
19552 posts since 8/3/03

03/21/2017 04:54:26 View Texasbanjo's Photo Albums View Texasbanjo's Blog Reply with Quote


I agree with Craig:  do what works for you.  Some people prefer them straight, others can't stand them that way.  A lot of us like them curved around our fingers and think that feels and works best.  Try both ways and see which is easier for you.  Then that's the one you should use. 

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VirginiaPicker

70 posts since 3/19/16

03/21/2017 05:06:32 Reply with Quote

I just recent tried bending mine around the ends of my fingers slightly. Took a bit of getting used to, but now I think I prefer it. The only thing I found is that with my current picks (Propik Reso or Propik Sharpie) is that they seem a little short since I've bent them up towards my finger tips.

Is there a better or longer option out there for those inclined to bend or curve them?

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Ira Gitlin

United States
2817 posts since 3/28/08

03/21/2017 06:32:39View Ira Gitlin's MP3 Archive View Ira Gitlin's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

There's a wide range of preferences. Back in the '80s Bela curved his like a second skin (less so now). At the opposite end, Lynn Morris' and John Hickman's picks stick WAY off the ends of their fingers.

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VirginiaPicker

70 posts since 3/19/16

03/21/2017 08:24:29 Reply with Quote

It's a strange compromise. I like the reach and power of the unbent pick, but the bent tone is a little more to my liking. I will say I find myself working harder to play cleanly with bent picks.

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Ric in Richmond

United States
405 posts since 9/22/12

03/21/2017 08:59:10View Ric in Richmond's MP3 Archive View Ric in Richmond's Blog Reply with Quote

I like Dean Hoffmeyer's pretty much as delivered.  Maybe bend them up a touch.

 

http://www.hoffmeyerpicks.com/HoffmeyerPicks/About_Hoffmeyer_Picks.html

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tloftis

United States
231 posts since 9/20/07

03/21/2017 09:37:38 View tloftis's Classified Ads Reply with Quote

I've tried all and my favorites in order of preference is:
Yates (perfection right out of the box, but way out there price wise
Showcase (very close second, and by far the best bang for the buck
Hoffmyer (these don't give me the tone I prefer and feel too light

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Mooooo

United States
791 posts since 8/20/16

03/21/2017 09:40:35 Reply with Quote

There's only one proper way to wear picks. The way I wear them. When you can say that, you've discovered the right way.

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chief3

Canada
1009 posts since 10/26/03

03/21/2017 12:25:16View chief3's MP3 Archive View chief3's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

Sometimes a straighter pick makes it easier to fit the tip of the fingerpick between the strings which is a technique more often used in a melodic style and single string style than Scruggs style which usually includes more rolls. How the picks are shaped is often influenced by picking style and technique as well as tone. I like Showcase fingerpicks bent but I have to be much more precise when playing melodic and single string passages.

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steve davisPlayers Union Member

United States
64626 posts since 5/9/07

03/21/2017 16:45:40View steve davis's MP3 Archive View steve davis's Classified Ads View steve davis's Photo Albums View steve davis's Blog Reply with Quote

I found curving them to be uncomfortable.I like Dunlops just as they come out of the box.Like putting on my favorite slippers.

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From Greylock to Bean BlossomPlayers Union Member

United States
3696 posts since 10/13/07

03/22/2017 18:13:24View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's MP3 Archive View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's Classified Ads View From Greylock to Bean Blossom's Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I used to use straight picks but found I made far less errors picking with no picks. I learned to curve them as Dave Magram taught and found it improved my consistency. Magram copied the way Earl did it.

Here is a thread showing Magram's system: http://www.banjohangout.org/archive/268024

Have fun experimenting if it doesn't drive you crazy.

ken


Edited by - From Greylock to Bean Blossom on 03/22/2017 18:14:42

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Legend600

United States
132 posts since 7/16/14

04/17/2017 08:52:34 Reply with Quote

yea Dunlop's are great. I even sand the thumb pick point down a bit ..what ever works for you!

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Gabejohn_

United States
140 posts since 10/13/15

04/17/2017 10:28:11View Gabejohn_'s MP3 Archive View Gabejohn_'s Photo Albums Reply with Quote

I like 'em flat and straight. For me it is more playable, better tone and better note separation.

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mb03557

291 posts since 5/24/16

04/17/2017 14:20:03 View mb03557's Photo Albums View mb03557's Blog Reply with Quote

My fingernails are pretty darn short... can't stop biting them. I prefer the finger picks to follow the curve of mu fingers...to a point. When I'm shaping a new finger pick I start by curving it exactly to my finger. Then I play and inevitably I'll hit the 3rd or 4th string with my finger nails as I've missed with the pick altogether. Then I straighten the pick out ever so slightly and play again and repeat until it doesn't happen anymore. I could just start there, but my playing is smoother and faster with as much curve as I can get until they are curved too much. 

Marc

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