I've used an AlaskaPik on my thumb before. It did feel quite natural, unlike traditional thumb picks that stick out to the side.Lorette wrote:I’ve talked about this before somewhere on this forum. When my right hand thumb was caught between a heavy door and the jam, my thumbnail died. It took almost a year for it to grow back from the quick. During that time, I used product called “Alaska Pik”, a plastic finger pick that clamps over your finger nail.
ngles: I had to customize it by filing the top so that it just protruded over the thumb like a nail and carving an arch on the bottom so as not to interfere with the thumb joint. I was able to play as well as with my natural thumbnail. It sounded quite fine.
Not that I'm advocating picks. Just my experience when I was missing a fingernail.
I've tried it. It sounds best with a plastic thumb pick but you don't gain much over a good thumb nail.Michele wrote:I just read something on this forum about thumb picks and the fact that they are acceptable on nylon strings. I would like to try one, but wonder if this method would be OK.
Those aren't Alaska Piks. If you take the time to properly fit and shape the Alaska Piks, and wear them properly, then they sound just fine and don't click (assuming, of course, that your technique is good). Here, for example, is Jean-François Delcamp demonstrating their use:samljer wrote:Long story short, it sounds great but theres a "click click click" at the start of each note you cant miss.
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