Add Grip to Your Pick




Introduction: Add Grip to Your Pick

About: I'm an artist based in McKinney, Texas, who is always looking for something cool to build. Signed up here after seeing some really interesting ideas, as well as I'd like to show how to do a few types of my o...

Okay, how many times have you been playing guitar and your pick slips out of your fingers? Or maybe it shifts and makes it difficult to play?

Many guitarists, one of which I believe was Dimebag Darrel, add grip to their picks. I'm going to show the way to do this. It's so easy, a caveman could do it. If you're a beginner, this is a great trick. If you're a pro, it's still helpful. What more could you ask for?

Step 1: Tools

Guitar Pick (this trick doesn't easily work on metal)
Knife/Flathead Screwdriver

Any sharp utensil will do.

I'm using Dunlop ULTEX 1.14mm Sharps for the picks.

Step 2: Carve a Pattern

I generally do a diagonal checkerboard. Or a regular checkerboard.

You'll want to apply enough pressure to scrape a line into the pick. Be careful with thin picks. The ones I use are very thick. For a thinner pick, I suggest carving one side. For thicker ones, carve both.

The goal is the carve the grip to your comfort. If it's too loose, add a couple lines.

Step 3: Finished!

This is a great way to hold on to the pick. I use this method on all my picks, ESPECIALLY in the studio, as the stress can lead to sweaty hands, a common factor in losing a pick.

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    5 years ago

    Right on!


    5 years ago on Introduction

    One thing I usually do is drill two small holes (~2mm) vertically on the pick, so that my fingers touch both of them and they touch each other through the pick when I'm playing. It effectively acts like using two screws to hold something in place.