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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: my thumb needs help

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hardcase - Posted - 02/07/2007:  22:51:25

I cant seem to break myself from slapping the head from time to time with my thumb pick. Its really noticable when miked.
Any suggestions?
Thanks a bunch.

bob chappell - Posted - 02/08/2007:  06:06:30

Without seeing how you pick, it's hard to tell. I know when I first began I to would hit the head with my thumb pick. Two things that helped releave that was to work on my picking technique and be aware of how my thumb was striking the strings and then I went to an 11/16th bridge which gave me more clearence between the string and the head.
That and time seemed to clear up any problems hitting the head.

Edited by - bob chappell on 02/08/2007 06:07:34

Thor - Posted - 02/08/2007:  07:17:51

You could shorten the blade of the thumbpick.

hardcase - Posted - 02/08/2007:  07:31:07

Thank you for the input!

tombro - Posted - 02/08/2007:  08:10:30

I think we all start this way. I did, and it spontaneously disappeared after awhile. Sounded like I was working a snare drum in the early days...!

On a banjo mission...!

AD3AD3AD3 - Posted - 02/08/2007:  08:28:04

First trim the thumbpick blade and then concentrate on missing the head while practicing rolls (for a few days.) This should help. I think we've all had this problem from time to time.


hardcase - Posted - 02/08/2007:  12:49:58

Thanks to all
I will put it all to use.


axsis - Posted - 02/08/2007:  13:13:43

Yuppers Dave...................and I am happy as well....................was it Tombro that said sounded like playin' a snare drum?.......hahaha......thats right! assured tho........Much of the noise (not all in my case) much of it goes away!...........happy playing

"Mama Don't allow no Banjo pickers around here"!

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