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Offline TheHoof

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Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« on: May 30, 2018, 12:23:10 am »
Hi,

I've been noodling around with a guitar for about six years now and I'm not planning on giving up the day job. Thanks Justin for the amazing resources on the site and I hope you're reaping the rewards of your efforts.

As a teenager I was unfortunate to pick up a serious septicaemia which damaged the nerves in my right hand leaving me unable to oppose the thumb on my right hand, so in effect I lost the ability to pinch.
This means I struggle to hold a pick, which was very frustrating as I tried to learn guitar.

In the video I explain how I overcame the issue with a modification of a saddle pick ...





Anyone else modified any gear to help them overcome a physical challenge?

Cheers
Phil
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Re: Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2018, 07:27:59 am »
Hi Phil, welcome to the forum.

Thank you for posting and sharing your solution to your issue.
I am very impressed and you are an inspiration to those with standard hands who still have difficulty with using a normal pick. The only problem I have is slight arthritis but I really don't get on with picks at all.

I'm forcing myself to use one for at least five minutes every practice session and there are signs on improvement.

Good vibes to you for sharing this with us.
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Re: Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2018, 02:21:39 pm »
Thanks for sharing, Phil.  Great ingenuity to overcome a challenge as you say.

Hope in due course you'll share some videos of you playing with your saddle pick.

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Re: Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2018, 02:44:36 pm »
Thanks David & MrBumble, hopefully the information might be useful to others at some stage.

The inventor of the saddle pick also sent me a diagram to make home made saddle picks from milk cartons or something similar. A really simple design ...

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Re: Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2018, 02:46:16 pm »
I can't get the image url to load :-(
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Re: Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018, 03:18:53 pm »
I can't get the image url to load :-(
Phil,

You just need to make a few more posts and then you'll be able to embed an image.  Explained here: https://justinguitarcommunity.com/index.php?topic=29431.0

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Re: Using a saddle pick to overcome hand issues
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 03:37:23 pm »
here's the image ...



and here it is as a link as img tag doesn't seem to be working for me

http://www.dropbox.com/s/rxijybf0b4gpnpq/saddlepic.jpg
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