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    I am waiting on the Magnet Kickstarter (THE MAGNET: Smartphone Camera Mount for Guitar by Troy Grady — Kickstarter) but I came across this device. The price is pretty nice for what it is and it works great. Good for examining your right hand technique.

    Here is the Etsy link for The Pick Stick: The Pick Stick | Etsy

    I'm not affiliated with the seller at all, just sharing a cool product.


    Here's a short demo video I shot today using The Pick Stick.





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    That looks useful and not too expensive. Thanks for the tip!
    Nice playing.

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    That is really cool. Both the product and your demo.

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    reminded me of this



    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    reminded me of this



    cheers
    Jimmy was so on top of his game back then. What a player!

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    I ordered one. What the heck.

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    hah...cool...keep us posted when you hook it up...fun gadget

    cheers

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    Thanks for posting. I ordered one. I've been waiting on the Troy Grady version but that has taken forever and this is a device that I will use infrequently so the price is well worth the gamble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob taft
    Thanks for posting. I ordered one. I've been waiting on the Troy Grady version but that has taken forever and this is a device that I will use infrequently so the price is well worth the gamble.
    That's what I was thinking! Might only use it a couple times but if it teaches me something useful, it will have been worth it. Then I can rent it out for big bucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    hah...cool...keep us posted when you hook it up...fun gadget

    cheers
    I will. It has shipped. Should have it by the 19th. (Not coming from Amazon----I ordered a hutch for my desk around 5 PM yesterday and it was on my patio before 11 AM today. This is from Esty, which isn't as fast and it's not free shipping either, but hey, I'm a wild man. ;o)

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    Still waiting. Expected it today. (Today was the seller's estimated arrival date.)

    Wondering what I'll play when I get it to see what my picking is like.

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    It arrived.

    Uh-oh. I have a string hopping problem. I got it bad and that ain't good.

    Video tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes

    Uh-oh. I have a string hopping problem. I got it bad and that ain't good.

    Video tomorrow.
    no worry...you've got 24 hours to get rid of it! haha

    cheers

    ps- the problem!...not the camera!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    no worry...you've got 24 hours to get rid of it! haha

    cheers

    ps- the problem!...not the camera!

    I wish 24 hours would do it!
    The device came this afternoon while the wife's youngest was here. I just stuck it on the guitar to see how it looked and played a few notes. Tomorrow I'll warm up first and everything.

    But I did see enough to realize I string hop like mad. (Even watched a Troy Grady video to make sure that was the right term.)

    I've realized lately that I'm less concerned about great speed (-though it would be nice) than with inconsistency when recording rhythm guitar parts. That and speed.

    Never a dull moment!

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    Okay, here is 30 seconds of my life and hard times. ;o) At Low Volume!

    Wanted to film something / anything day one just to see where I'm at. Later, I can check back to see if I've made improvements.

    The first thing is a 12-bar Herb Ellis solo. Just started learning it, so it's not an old familiar passage.

    The second thing is a Jackie King exercise. (Pick notes 1 and 3, slur notes 2 and 4.) Great exercise. What it shows here is some intense string hopping. My pick strokes are traveling more above the strings than through them. Yikes.


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    far better than you insinuated!

    a thicker pick might give you the feeling of goin "through" the strings, better...

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by neatomic
    far better than you insinuated!

    a thicker pick might give you the feeling of goin "through" the strings, better...

    cheers
    It's a LOT of wasted motion. That's a Jazz III pick (1.38 mm?) I don't know that I'll go to something thicker. I like a 1.0 mm Pickboy pick too. (My go-to 351 shape---a bit thicker than a Fender Medium but not too much.)

    I have to re-watch some Troy Grady videos and watch my mechanics as I practice.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Okay, here is 30 seconds of my life and hard times. ;o) At Low Volume!

    Wanted to film something / anything day one just to see where I'm at. Later, I can check back to see if I've made improvements.

    The first thing is a 12-bar Herb Ellis solo. Just started learning it, so it's not an old familiar passage.

    The second thing is a Jackie King exercise. (Pick notes 1 and 3, slur notes 2 and 4.) Great exercise. What it shows here is some intense string hopping. My pick strokes are traveling more above the strings than through them. Yikes.

    That was quite useful to form your diagnosis. I know from taking golf lessons, for me a video is much more effective in me really recognizing a technical issue, much more effective than words alone.

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    Decided to join in. I'm hopping a bit, seems to mostly happen when I try to play faster, which is a bummer. Noodling...


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    I've noticed when I try to do DWPS, I feel it in my right shoulder, right at the top. Not a pain; an awareness. It's as if my shoulder is in a different position, one it's not used to.
    As long as I keep it "open" (for lack of a better term), my picking hand doesn't bounce. (I've always known that when I play fast my fingernails clack on the pickguard. I never thought much about why but now I realize it's my hand coming down after moving up.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    Decided to join in. I'm hopping a bit, seems to mostly happen when I try to play faster, which is a bummer. Noodling...
    Frank, that didn't look hoppy to me.
    First time I've seen you play with a pick in years, it seems.

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    How's the quality? The video looks pretty good. Mine suffered a problem during the printing process and was delayed. Vendor was upfront and explained the delay. I should get it Monday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob taft
    How's the quality? The video looks pretty good. Mine suffered a problem during the printing process and was delayed. Vendor was upfront and explained the delay. I should get it Monday.
    Quality seems fine to me. It's a simple device, 3D printed.

    Here's a pic of mine attached to my Tele. (The phone's not in the pic becuase I had to use the phone to take the pic.)
    The two knobs at the left end adjust the device. One is to secure it to the neck and the other is to secure one's phone.

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    Glad to see that this thread was useful for some other folks.

    In watching some of the videos I took, I noticed that I was not actually picking some notes that I thought I was.

    Here is another video I made of a right hand picking exercise that I do to work on my GJ picking.