Yesterday I ventured to my favourite music store and after playing a few banjo's that I couldn't afford (yet!), I bought a 2 finger picks and a thumb pick that I could afford. I had been using a Pro Pik metal thumbpick when pickin' the banjo, and decided to try the Pro Pik double band finger picks on the fingers but with a new National plastic thumb pick . After many variations on a theme, I wound up using my trusty Pro Pik metal thumb pick with my old National metal finger pick on my first finger and one of the new Pro Pik double band metal finger picks on my index finger. After all, comfort is the name of the game here. I just couldn't get the 2nd double band Pro Pik to feel right on the first finger. I suspect I'll keep trying to bend it a little here and a little there and eventually get it to feel right. But in the meantime, things are comfortable and I'll use the new National thumb pick when playing my guitar.
on “New finger picks”
Monday, February 19, 2007 @4:46:05 PM
My opinion of metal thumb picks isn't very high. Try a heavy plastic one. It's taken me years, but at Derek Pert's urging (he's a friend of the Foggies, and has his own band "Switchback Road") I bought a set of Shelor picks. Wow! I could not go back to playing with any other kind of picks -- even the split wrap ProPiks which I formerly had and which I really like (my second favourites now). At 22.00 CDN EACH it's expensive, but compared to what I spent on a good banjo, not that bad.
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