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This is my demo of the Blue Chip picks. I'm really impressed with these picks so I thought I'd spread the word a bit. In this video I use two different picks...

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Comment by David Cornelius on November 6, 2011 at 3:31am

My guess is the second demo on guitar for the shell pick, and there are three reasons:

i) the second one sounded a little harder than the first,

ii) the second demo was slower and I could get a peek at what looked like a tortoise-shell pick in your hand, and

iii) "TAD 3R 60" scrolled across the front of the first demo.

Seriously, Adam, thanks for posting this discussion, it's an issue I am having atm with picks sounding too hard and clattering. I may just have to re-mortgage my house and get a Blue Chip pick.

Also I really enjoyed your playing on both guitar and mandolin.



Comment by Adam Schlenker on November 7, 2011 at 12:07pm



Good to meet you.  If you are referring to the last clip where I'm playing the slower tune in D position then Nope, thats not the shell pick.   That is the Bluechip and my Merrill C-18.  Go back and look at the segment where I'm playing my NGC D-28 in G position (I'm improvising, some what loosely, around the Monroe's Hornpipe theme)...if you keep an eye on it there is an edit in the middle of that segment that sounds like I jump to a new spot in the tune.  One of those two segments is the shell and one is the bluechip.


Before you mortgage the house, have you looked at how your holding the pick?  Is a lot of pick sticking out?  What part of your index finger comes into contact with the pick?  How tight/loose is your grip?  All those things can lead to what you describe...I did a series on right hand technique that might be worth looking at.





Comment by David Cornelius on November 13, 2011 at 3:58am

Hello again, Adam.

Trust me to not get it right...they don't call me 'cloth-ears' for nuthin' ye'know. I still can't hear the difference!

Anyway, thanks for your reply and for the links which I now have had a chance to look at properly.

I believe I am playing with the correct right-hand position on guitar and correct wrist action, which is the same as the way I was taught to play mandolin, ie not from the elbow, but with a little bit of a roll. But perhaps I'm not holding the pick correctly, or perhaps my picks are too lightweight. I try not to hold it too tight or too flappy loose and I've been trying to do it as you describe with the first finger bent at first joint under the pick to make an 'X' with the thumb. I find this awkward with a loss of some control and a heavier strike on the string. Maybe it's just something I need to get used to and with practice a better method in the long run. I'll let you know after I've worked with it for a while.


And as far as re-mortgaging the house to buy a Blue Chip, well it's too late since that's what I've done to buy my new Martin HD-28. I'm in Flatpickin' heaven!



Comment by Adam Schlenker on November 13, 2011 at 6:14am


Sounds like your on track.  Do mess around with that X approach.  Nine time out of ten when I work with someone on this, they say what you said about it at first.  It feels awkward etc...but they only say that for a few days before it clicks.  You'll likely find that as you continue to with this technique, your picking motion will get fine tuned a bit, once that happens things happen.  Your hand gets more relaxed, your tone gets fuller and your guitar gets louder, oh and you get faster ;>)

Keep me posted and enjoy the heck out of that HD-28!!




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