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(@yashicamat)
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I have been experimenting with different plectrums recently, and while finding a preference for the Dunlop "Stubby" (as opposed to the Big Stubby) I found it quite slippery between my fingers. A solution was found within the realms of Scotch tape! I wrapped a little bit of this around the plectrum and now it stays put and is actually a lot more comfortable too!

Just thought I'd share this little tip. :)

Picture below (ignore the other plectrums :D )

Rob

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(@kent_eh)
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Hmmm..
When I think "Scotch tape" what comes to mind is much more transparent, and has a glossy surface on the non-sticky side.
Is what you are using a sticky-on-both-sides tape?

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(@katmetal)
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Did you ever consider using "Gorilla Snot"?


   
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(@yashicamat)
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This scotch tape (maybe it's no called that then :?: ) has a matt finish on one side, similar in feel to a tortex pick actually (but seems to be grippier). It's usual application is because you can write on it, but it's a plastic tape, it's not like masking tape.

Rob

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(@kent_eh)
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Oh, that sort of tape.
I'm familiar with that. I don't know what the brand name is here, though.

It's not uncommon for manufacturers to use different names on products in different markets. Sure is confusing, though.

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(@yashicamat)
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Yeah. It's quite common around here in stationary shops, I'm sure you'll know what I mean if you see it.

Rob

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(@progressions)
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I just started using much thicker picks recently, and I tend to make scratches on them with a knife when they get too slippery.

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(@clau20)
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Good idea! I think I'll do that with some of my pick..

It happened so many times that I lost my plectrums in the hole of my accoustic guitar :oops: Now, when I shake my guitar, it's like playing maracas.

(just kidding, the plectrums don't stay in my guitar...)

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Good idea! I think I'll do that with some of my pick..

It happened so many times that I lost my plectrums in the hole of my accoustic guitar :oops: Now, when I shake my guitar, it's like playing maracas.

(just kidding, the plectrums don't stay in my guitar...)

When I first started playing, I would practice for 15 min. then spend 15 min. shaking my guitar over my head trying to get the pick out.


   
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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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You guys have nailed the main reason I learned to use my fingers from strumming instead of a plec....

Besides that, on a song like, for instance, "More Than A Feeling," how are you going to change from fingerpicking to strumming when you get to the chorus? You've either got to fingerpick with a plec - which is harder - or strum with your finger/nail. Can't expect the band to pause for a few beats while you're searching through your pockets for that elusive plec! (It's probably at home anyway, in the lint trap of your washing machine......)

:D :D :D

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(@anonymous)
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i think it's called gaffer's tape.


   
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(@clau20)
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You guys have nailed the main reason I learned to use my fingers from strumming instead of a plec....

Besides that, on a song like, for instance, "More Than A Feeling," how are you going to change from fingerpicking to strumming when you get to the chorus? You've either got to fingerpick with a plec - which is harder - or strum with your finger/nail. Can't expect the band to pause for a few beats while you're searching through your pockets for that elusive plec! (It's probably at home anyway, in the lint trap of your washing machine......)

:D :D :D

Vic

Or you can just put your plec between your lips, but if you sing, it's a problem, in fact .. :wink:

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(@mrjonesey)
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You guys have nailed the main reason I learned to use my fingers from strumming instead of a plec....

Besides that, on a song like, for instance, "More Than A Feeling," how are you going to change from fingerpicking to strumming when you get to the chorus? You've either got to fingerpick with a plec - which is harder - or strum with your finger/nail. Can't expect the band to pause for a few beats while you're searching through your pockets for that elusive plec! (It's probably at home anyway, in the lint trap of your washing machine......)

:D :D :D

Vic

Or you could just tuck the finger in your hand while you are finger picking - Buddy Guy and many others have gotten very fast at going back and forth.

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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But I'm not Buddy Guy....I have enough problems with various techniques to worry about without creating unnecessary ones. My reasoning went thus....I can play with a plec, or without. I can't fingerpick with a plec, but I can without one. I can strum with a plec, but I can also strum without one. Therefore I either use a plec or stop fingerpicking....so the plec went. Problem solved.

Might not work for everyone, but it certainly works for ME....

:D :D :D

Vic

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(@mrjonesey)
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But I'm not Buddy Guy....I have enough problems with various techniques to worry about without creating unnecessary ones. My reasoning went thus....I can play with a plec, or without. I can't fingerpick with a plec, but I can without one. I can strum with a plec, but I can also strum without one. Therefore I either use a plec or stop fingerpicking....so the plec went. Problem solved.

Might not work for everyone, but it certainly works for ME....

:D :D :D

Vic

Well... your approach has worked out pretty well for Hubert Sumlin (and many others)..... :D

I personally don't do much finger pickin' (except on accoustic), but I will sometimes palm the pic and strum with my finger and thumb. Only problem is that it results in more dropped pics for me. I don't have teh dexterity I used to, so I rarely do anything but straight picking with a plec.

To address my dropping problem, I have used Gorilla Snot and it has worked great for me.

"There won't be any money. But when you die, on your death bed, you will receive total conciousness. So, I got that going for me. Which is nice." - Bill Murray, Caddyshack ~~ Michigan Music Dojo - http://michiganmusicdojo.com ~~


   
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