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How hard to pick

Posted by townz on Monday, October 20, 2008

Just as a matter of sound interst, i keep getting a buzz especially on my g string, seems better if i dont attack the strings so hard, have had action checked by a luthier he says there is no need to adjust so can it be i am picking too hard? Advice appreciated.

6 comments on “How hard to pick”

hammeron Says:
Monday, October 20, 2008 @7:18:18 AM

Greetings Mick. Maybe it's the string itself. Try playing a bit lighter and let the picks do the work. I don't know, just a thought or two.


joemac Says:
Monday, October 20, 2008 @7:50:14 AM

Mick, does it happen on an open string?, or fretted?...if its open, then the string gauge may not suit the bottom nut grove, if fretted then the easiest solution is to try a different bridge..they tend to vary ever so slightly in hieght and groove. to check the bottom nut hold the string down with your finger as it comes over the nut to the peghead, if this stops it then thats your prob (nut groove)

townz Says:
Monday, October 20, 2008 @8:15:42 AM

Thanks joe i have a good action (high) with the tailpiece and bridge heigth you recommended, as i said to steve i guess its my bear paws!! cos if i am a bit more conscience of tone not noise!! and dymnamics it works, you will bw able to hear it on a recording soon, slowly getting there, great hearing you two on thw radio. proud proud my man!! My luthier checked the nut and cleaned it plus addded a little pencil graffite?

joemac Says:
Monday, October 20, 2008 @8:28:20 AM

Hi Mick, yes it could just be your fretting accuracy on the fourth string but that will tighten up with time Mick.   for the amount of time you have been playing the banjo your progress is very good, be kinder on yourself!!  yes the graffite will help the string to pass freely through the nut groove as you tune up etc.

townz Says:
Monday, October 20, 2008 @8:35:10 AM

Will pay attention especially to where i put these sausages i call fingers be lucky and thanks!!

townz Says:
Saturday, November 29, 2008 @8:11:10 AM

finally got it sussed! thanks to joemac me old son a snuffy bridge and now she is ringing like a bell thanks again joe the guru!!

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