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Nov 15, 2020 - 5:56:17 AM
5542 posts since 12/20/2005

I'm having difficulty with fingerpicks not staying in place. I'm thinking about doing something to roughen up the inside surface.
I'm sure others must have encountered this.
I'm thinking about simply straightening one out, and cutting or filing some crisscrossing lines. Probably a lot easier said than done.
I could use some advice for this.

Thank You

Nov 15, 2020 - 6:12:47 AM

1681 posts since 6/2/2010

Never tried it but Gorilla Snot gets good reviews for holding on picks.

Nov 15, 2020 - 6:40:03 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

25333 posts since 8/3/2003

Just lick your fingers and put your picks on.... they'll stick like glue.

If you think you HAVE to rough up the inside of your picks, you could try an ice pick or an awl scraped around the inside of the fingerpick and see if that would make enough of an indentation to help. For thumb picks, I use a kitchen steak knife, it's point is sharp enough to scratch but not so sharp as to make deep gouges in the plastic and weaken the pick.

Nov 15, 2020 - 7:21:15 AM
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1445 posts since 4/13/2009

Earl used his pocketknife to cut ridges in the inner flat surface of his thumbpick.

Nov 16, 2020 - 4:14:10 AM

204 posts since 12/16/2012

I had this problem at times. I would put my picks on and before long they would slide around my fingers/thumb. One day reading the BHO forum, there were a couple of people saying they just lick their fingers/thumb and put the picks on and they would hold. I tried it and they stuck like glue. It is now a natural thing when I put my picks on I lick my fingers/thumb and they stay put.

Nov 16, 2020 - 7:42:50 AM
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pickn5

USA

1543 posts since 8/8/2012

Lick and stick works every time. Its free, but, in public you get a few dirty looks.

Nov 16, 2020 - 8:56:37 PM

6129 posts since 9/5/2006

used gorilla snot for over 15 years now,, works for me

Nov 17, 2020 - 4:25:21 AM
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281 posts since 4/26/2007

I've never done this for fingerpicks but the inner side of certain thumbpicks:

I bought a strip of skateboard grip tape and would trim to size and adhere (it has a sticky back already) to the inside. It worked great and would perhaps have the same effect on fingerpicks. You would, however, want to be careful that it doesn't reduce the "feeling" or "touch" of the strings in your fingertips.

Nov 17, 2020 - 8:12:25 AM

6129 posts since 9/5/2006

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Originally posted by HuberTone

I've never done this for fingerpicks but the inner side of certain thumbpicks:

I bought a strip of skateboard grip tape and would trim to size and adhere (it has a sticky back already) to the inside. It worked great and would perhaps have the same effect on fingerpicks. You would, however, want to be careful that it doesn't reduce the "feeling" or "touch" of the strings in your fingertips.


that would be a handy trick on our 90/90 days on stage outdoors

Nov 17, 2020 - 12:32:11 PM

2379 posts since 4/5/2006

Cut some grooves on the inside of your thumb pick ala Earl Scruggs.  Grind up some fiddle rosin. store it in an empty fillm canister. Dip fingers in it before playing.

Nov 19, 2020 - 9:07:03 PM

92 posts since 3/22/2010

I grab my picks and a bottle of clear (or colored, it doesn't matter) nail polish and walk out to the sidewalk in front of our house and look for ant hills in the cracks of the walk. After finding an ant hill, I apply polish to the inside (finger pad side) of the pick and quickly dribble the ant hill sand onto the wet polish. I let it dry and it is like sand paper, holding it to my finger. I find that the ant hill sand seems finer than beach sand (around here). This is way more sanitary than licking one's fingers and less messy than applying some sort of sticky substance to fingers.

Nov 21, 2020 - 12:04:05 PM

2379 posts since 4/5/2006

Roni Stoneman super glues her picks on. She never mentioned how she gets them off. I'll stay with rosin, thank you very much. It gets down into those grooves in the thumb pick & is easily rubbed off fingers after playing. Works for me.

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