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 #18282  by gratefuljay
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 1:59 pm
Hey gang! Wonderin' if anyone uses copper picks? I found if you flatin out your tunin a hair it gives a nice bluesy feeling.

 #18292  by IamDocWatson
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:14 pm
mock tourtise shell for me

red bear i think is the brand name i use

 #18293  by gratefuljay
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:34 pm
cool i will check them out

 #18295  by BuddhaG
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:47 pm
sometimes when i can't find a pick and i'm drunk enough i'll play with a coin or this little metal pendant that i've got... always get some wierd sounds out of the guitar when you use an uncommon medium for picking the strings... probably not so great for the strings but i had to play at the time.

any other suggestions for picks?

 #18296  by gratefuljay
 Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:52 pm
I'm with ya I must admit i go through a few more G strings ( tee hee )

 #18351  by JONZILLA
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:58 am
Am I the only one who finds a bit of joy in declaring "I've broken my G-string?"

 #18353  by shakedown_04092
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:34 pm
JONZILLA wrote:Am I the only one who finds a bit of joy in declaring "I've broken my G-string?"
No, but I often comment that "dammit, my string has gone out of tune again!" :lol:

 #18354  by JONZILLA
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:59 pm
On the topic: I sometimes pick with my banjo index and middle finger copper picks, and the usual thumb pick so I can thump the baseline.

 #18357  by IamDocWatson
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:51 pm
i have only broken a string once ever....

ive seen it happen to people a bunch and just am kinda like "how does that happen"

i dont play very tensely im real loose with my right hand but so is my teacher and hes broke a string at the last 3 shows i saw him play...all on the next to last song of the night???????

 #18368  by Robey
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:05 pm
Doc - I suspect your "Red Bear" pick is actually made by Tortis. Red Bear Trading is a distributor and I've seen them stamp their name & whatnot on there. Those are fantastic picks.

 #18370  by strumminsix
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:29 pm
Strings break for a variety of reasons:
- flailing strumming hand
- hard pick attack
- old
- never stretched well
- acid from fingers (yes, it only takes 4 hours on mine)
- burr on brige
- cut on nut (well, it rhymes)

 #18394  by IamDocWatson
 Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:58 pm
yes now that you mention it i do remember seeing it say "tortis" pics....

i guess i just have been lucky with the strings then...
i play alot so my strings get bumps above the frets before they even get old and i keep a pretty loose hand and conrolled attack so i guess thats good, never really knew about the oils from the hands though