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Some years ago, I was chatting with the gutarist in a cafe in Cape May, New Jersey, and I asked him how he switched between flatpicking and fingerstyle playing so smoothly. He had a little gadget that secured a pick to a short piece of rubber attached to his ring finger. It held it tightly enough that it didn't get in his way while playing fingerstyle passages, but loosely enough to grab it and use it.

I've never seen one of these devices since; it may have been homemade. Has anyone seen one of these? Where did you get it? Failing that, how can I make one of these?

I'm wall aware of pick holders of all sorts, and my current favorite is one that holds a pick or two to the headstock, but something like this would be wonderfully useful.

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Edited my answer, I found another one by accident.. – mrbuxley Mar 18 '11 at 9:33
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I guess these are what You are looking for... The JAmKat or the Flip

Never tried them myself as I keep the pick under the scratchboard....

Jam Kat


EDIT: I stumbled upon another little device today...

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Nice; not quite the device I saw, but very close in functionality. I keep a pick under the pickguard as well on my electric, I wish that were a feasible option on my acoustic! – neilfein Mar 17 '11 at 7:43
Oh, I was almost certain it was the Jam Kat, it fitted your description perfectly... They seem a bit expensive though, compared to keeping your pick between your teeth.. – mrbuxley Mar 17 '11 at 8:10
The Jam Kat might work if nobody can come up with the exact device. The fact that you can use it while writing is a plus. (i.e., it's good for songwriting or transcription work.) – neilfein Mar 17 '11 at 16:03
Have ordered a JamKat; I'll report back on how it works. Thanks! – neilfein Mar 23 '11 at 21:39
Not sure why only half the bounty was auto-awarded (I accepted this as the answer yesterday). See this meta thread. – neilfein Mar 24 '11 at 11:04

You could try something like Gorilla snot. It's basically a glue that guitar players use to hold their pick. I've used some before, and I thought it was pretty good. It also washes right off.

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This is more of a comment than an answer, isn't it? – neilfein Mar 15 '11 at 12:16
+1 Countering the down vote, and +1 anyway for suggesting an interesting alternative. Q: Device to secure a pick to your hand A: try something like Gorilla snot seems perfectly reasonable. – Anonymous Mar 15 '11 at 13:05
Well, yes and no. I understand Gorilla Snot as being there to keep the pick between your fingers. I'd think that 1), using GS here would make it harder to get the pick off your fingers and get in the way of fingerpicking, and 2) if you put it on the back of your fingers or your palm, it might work. – Dave Jacoby Mar 15 '11 at 16:17
@Paul - Perhaps this is useful - it obviously is to some people - but it's not what I'm looking for. – neilfein Mar 17 '11 at 6:16

Mention of gorilla snot sounds nicely off-topic, which I take as license to mention my own fix for slippery plectra.

I use skateboard anti-slip sheeting (basically a fine black sandpaper, but weatherproof and with an adhesive backing).

It's surprisingly thin, can be trimmed to the size and shape of the grip end of the plectrum, and -put on both sides- provides all the traction you need for truly ballistic rhythm guitar. The working end of the plectrum retains all it's flexibility and clarity, so there are only benefits where tone, accuracy and speed are concerned.

Moreover, I've yet to see any plectrum take off into the void following this treatment.. :-)

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There are picks designed for finger-picking

Alaska Pik Finger Guitar Pick

Ernie Ball Thumb Picks

Both are designed to stay on your fingers.

Is this what you were looking for?

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No, as I said, I'm looking for a device to secure a conventional pick. I've tried fingerpicks and thumbpicks, and I can get a better sound and be more accurate with conventional picks. But I keep trying these every few years anyway! – neilfein Mar 20 '11 at 20:48

I have a way to hold onto the pick when I fingerpick. Hardware would just get in my way. I also have two or three picks stuck under my pickguard in case I drop one. I haven't seen anything like that, and I suspect that the back pages of Acoustic Guitar or Guitar Player would have one of those. So, I suspect it's his own invention.

(Would have commented instead of answered, because "I never heard of it" is not much of an answer, but otherwise, no link.)

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From the look I got at it, I suspect it was manufactured, but it was many years ago and memory can be fallible. – neilfein Mar 15 '11 at 12:06

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