Hello - any advice on how to minimize the swishing or clicking sound I get when I use nickel or brass picks?
this is also known as pick noise, you can search "pick Noise" here on the hangout and find plenty of discussions, one very recently. Basically, changing your hand position, rotating the picks on your finger a bit, applying something to the pick, attacking the string more confidently, changing to a different brand of picks or doing nothing at all may or may not have something to do with noise. Good luck.
Edited by - Mooooo on 12/07/2017 11:36:48
BHO member John Boulding did an instructional video on pick noise. Check it out - he’s very knowledgeable about all things banjo. Here’s the link...
Edited by - chuckv97 on 12/07/2017 13:51:47
It never goes away completely, but should improve as your technique improves. By which I mean You need to attack the string with a crisp, plucking action rather than scraping the pick along the string. This only comes with practice, familiarity and confidence. Also, you get less pick noise playing near the bridge as opposed to up close to the neck.
one thing about pick noise..iys always more obvious to the picker..what I used to do on stage..where I never really noticed pick noise..it was more of a dragging feeling on the strings..but u sed to rub the blade of the picks against the side of my nose..where oil does accumulate..it acted as a lube..in your case try a different angle at which the pick hits the string..also try adjusting how much of the pick sticks out past your fingernails...I use Dunlop picks..stamped .025...they are chrome plated I believe..but once I have them set to where I want them, I just forget about them...I also bend the part that wraps around my finger on one pick only so that I can differentiate which pick belongs on what finger
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