<table border="0" align="center" width="90%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td class="SmallText"><b>Hendo wrote on Thu, 22 March 2007 11:45</b></td></tr><tr><td class="quote">
I recall this thread from a while back. The thing that stopped me dropping the pick was purely the way it was held. I read this online somewhere when I was learning the axe.
Bend your index finger under your thumb until the top segment of your finger is hidden by your thumb as though you were grabbing someones chubby cheeks.
This in efffect creates a loop. The pick should now be able to sit between the underside of your thumb (ie the finger print bit)and the side of the top segment of your index finger.
Bloody hard to describe, I know. The thing I found is that it was a bit like a golf grip, really unorthodox for a while but when your used to it, it feels natural. The trick seems to be not to hold it as a 'pinch' whith the tips of your fingers....I just tried that then and it lasted about 3 strums.
Good thing is that it doesn't require much strength to hold on place, especially for thin picks, as the wide section of the pick it balanced so impact is spread across the entire pick width.
Hope this helps, if not, try summat else....
That's exactly what worked for me. Aother advantage of this technique is that you don't keep breaking your thumbnail, as I did when I tried playing whilst pinching the pick. As I play fingerstyle about half the time (now I can use a pick without smashing my nails), this was a real bummer and meant that I had actually given up on using a pick at all for fear of sullying my carefully cultivated snot scrapers.
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