They Ought to Have a Name for It – Thumb Pick Purgatory

This is so annoying when it happens to me. It tells me that it’s time to practice some more of the basics for a while. It’s when your pick gets caught on a string on the upswing. It brings your break to an abrupt halt until you get the pick extracted. What’s even worse is when the string not only gets caught on your thumbpick, but also finds its way up under the edge of the upper part of your thumbpick. I’ve also had that happen.

Even that is not the worse, though. Imagine if that string not only got caught up under the thumbpick, but it pulled it all the way off as you pulled your thumb away; leaving it there to dangle in abject humiliation on a now silent string. Horrors!

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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