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!

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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