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Aug 8, 2020 - 11:48:59 AM
54 posts since 12/3/2017

Just a beginner here. After 3 years of playing I have become most comfortable by wearing my picks like I do in this photo. I wear my finger picks pretty much right on my finger tips & my thumb pick is a JD Crowe Blue Chip Pick. If I play with the thumb pick as it comes, it scrapes the banjo head. So I have to file it down till it is really close to my thumb! I was concerned about this but my banjo teacher isn't. She says all players develop their own styles and ways of doing things. Does anybody else file their thumb pics down to the thumb almost?
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Aug 8, 2020 - 12:23:38 PM

BobbyE

USA

2754 posts since 11/29/2007

While I do agree with your teacher, I have to say that with the price of a Blue Chip Thumb pick my answer comes in at, "No."

Bobby

Aug 8, 2020 - 12:28:22 PM
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401 posts since 7/20/2013

A lot of us, if not most, 'customize' our thumb picks to get both the length and the fit just right for our playing styles, just as your banjo teacher says. I have metal picks I filed similar to yours, but also have two-three clown barf thumb picks in various adjusted lengths. I switch 'em out to get the most comfortable fit on a given day, both for length of the pick and tightness around my thumb.

BTW, your virtuosity should be getting you to the point after three years to where you can adjust where your hold your right hand to avoid the scraping so that you don't have to take so much off the length of your thumbpick, imho.  (My $0.02,anyway.)

best,

Tom

Aug 8, 2020 - 9:26:21 PM
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3270 posts since 5/29/2011

Something like this?


 

Aug 9, 2020 - 9:19:18 AM
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mej777

USA

9 posts since 6/22/2019

Hahahah. Thats a good 'un.

Aug 9, 2020 - 1:48:14 PM

24 posts since 7/22/2012

Hmm... Would your thumb pick shorten down on its own? You might leave more if so.

One thing about my plastic thumb picks, they will shorten down over time on their own. If I have several plastic picks, it also seems helpful to me to switch to some of the of the newer (longer) picks at times, and then when I switch back to a more used (shorter) pick, it's easier to not hit the head so much with the blade...

Aug 9, 2020 - 3:12:42 PM

54 posts since 12/3/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Banjfoot

Hmm... Would your thumb pick shorten down on its own? You might leave more if so.

One thing about my plastic thumb picks, they will shorten down over time on their own. If I have several plastic picks, it also seems helpful to me to switch to some of the of the newer (longer) picks at times, and then when I switch back to a more used (shorter) pick, it's easier to not hit the head so much with the blade...


Yes, They rough surface of the head files them down flat, so I round them off again with a dremel. once they get ground down to where you see it in the picture it stops scraping & the banjo obviously sounds better then.

Aug 9, 2020 - 8:39:02 PM

24 posts since 7/22/2012

Yes sir, I hear you. Well, I do know this kind of thing can take a long time to figure out, and you may decide to do it differently as time goes by. Maybe ask a few banjo picker friends to look at your right hand technique/pick as time goes by, and they'll be able to tell you what they think, too. It's interesting sometimes to hear what experienced players notice when they see you (me or anyone) play.

Aug 9, 2020 - 11:59:41 PM

54 posts since 12/3/2017

quote:
Originally posted by Appalachian
quote:
Originally posted by Banjfoot

Hmm... Would your thumb pick shorten down on its own? You might leave more if so.

One thing about my plastic thumb picks, they will shorten down over time on their own. If I have several plastic picks, it also seems helpful to me to switch to some of the of the newer (longer) picks at times, and then when I switch back to a more used (shorter) pick, it's easier to not hit the head so much with the blade...


Yes, The rough surface of the head files them down flat, so I round them off again with a dremel. once they get ground down to where you see it in the picture it stops scraping & the banjo obviously sounds better then.


Aug 12, 2020 - 6:51:44 PM

35 posts since 7/20/2020

I have a down and dirty easy solution to help you critique your own playing style
There are cheap GoPro knock-off video cameras for $20-$50 on Amazon. All of them come with a housing and all of the mounting brackets are interchangeable with each other. Get one (two if you can afford it and mount it to your banjo to video your finger picking. If you get two, you can mount the second on a tripod to video your entire playing structure (but the one for you finger picking takes precedence)
Here's one for $21 and a 10% off coupon, so $19
https://www.amazon.com/Deportiva-Pulgada-Subacu%C3%A1tica-Impermeable-Accesorios/dp/B07DVX1HQM/ref=sr_1_38?dchild=1&keywords=gopro+video+camera&qid=1597282282&sr=8-38
Here's a clamp on goose neck mount for mounting
https://www.amazon.com/Topmener-Adjustable-Gooseneck-Compatible-Supports/dp/B07T7KHRV7/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=gopro+gooseneck&qid=1597283127&sr=8-7
Here's a GoPro accessories search that will give you an idea of tripod and mounting crap available for you
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=gopro+accessories&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
You might be able to spot something that you want to change that you never thought about. If it doesn't work, you still have a cool video camera and accessories to putz around the house with
Thanks,
JFLicks 
Edit - One last thing. I own one of the cheapos and I have a GoPro. I save the GoPro for my underwater video and I use the cheapo around the house to video just about anything, including some funny landscaping that the dog kept getting into. They all video about the same as the GoPro, so there's no reason not to have one around the house
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Originally posted by Appalachian

Just a beginner here. After 3 years of playing I have become most comfortable by wearing my picks like I do in this photo. I wear my finger picks pretty much right on my finger tips & my thumb pick is a JD Crowe Blue Chip Pick. If I play with the thumb pick as it comes, it scrapes the banjo head. So I have to file it down till it is really close to my thumb! I was concerned about this but my banjo teacher isn't. She says all players develop their own styles and ways of doing things. Does anybody else file their thumb pics down to the thumb almost?


 

Edited by - JustForLicks on 08/12/2020 19:03:21

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