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Do you make your own pick or purchase?
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If so, what type of pick do you buy or make?  I have been taught from a young age to make my picks from a milk jug.  Sounds crazy but that is what I have always done and it works well. Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Davenport May 19, 2013.

 

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Bill Davenport replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Question for Dusty...like you're style of playing. What pick thickness do you use?"
May 19, 2013
Ken Hulme replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"I make a lot of picks roughly equivalent to .6mm thickness.  Credit cards and other bits of plastic.  Stiffer is better.   Made a few from seashell (not good), Vegetable Ivory (very nice), and Mahogany nut shell segments.  Lately…"
May 18, 2013
RavenMadd Garcia replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"oh my other choice  is cut up thin credit cards ......"
May 18, 2013
Benjamin W Barr Jr replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"I like the large triangular ones from Fender.  "
May 18, 2013
Frances Light Molinengo replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Dear Keith, I was reading some of the discussion on dulcimer pics and just wanted to share with you that all of us associated with your grandfather loved and respected him.  He taught me how to play the dulcimer, he taught me how to make a…"
May 17, 2013
RavenMadd Garcia replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"bread tabs"
Jun 29, 2012
Keith Young is now friends with Taylor Robinson, Gary "Pop" Miller and G David Young
Feb 23, 2012
Strumelia replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Hi Keith and everyone, Picks are so much fun to talk about and compare! I like to cut my picks from clear plastic food containers too- more into hummus picks than milk though. lol! Here is some additional 'pick talk' to enjoy browsing…"
Nov 6, 2010
Jennifer Ranger replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Hey Keith, making your own picks from a milk jug works really well and I've done too, but I normally buy the large Dunlop picks in medium. "
Nov 6, 2010
folkfan replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"john p, I got a gross of them from Elderly for something under $20.00 years ago. It's been so long that I forgot the exact price, but compared to most pick prices now, I got a good deal. Unfortunately I don't think Elderly sells them that…"
Sep 30, 2010
john p replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Jim Dunlop .46 - shot many a man with one of these. Settled on these hundreds of years ago and never looked for a change, just a little stiffer than the .38 Folkfan uses. Though I can't afford the extravagence of buying by the gross, I do get…"
Sep 30, 2010
Sam replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"It's funny how soon we form preferences. I don't really even play yet, but already for some reason I like larger picks. I've cut 'teardrop' shapes but prefer a large triangle pic. Since I haven't developed any…"
Sep 28, 2010
folkfan replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Years ago I bought a gross of Dunlop Nylon .38 which was and still is my favorite pick. I'm still working from that gross of picks. I do occasionally cut up a Cool Whip carton lid for a bigger pick, especially when my right thumb just…"
Sep 27, 2010
Sam replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"... credit card makes a GREAT pick ... ...wife's REAL upset ............... "
Sep 25, 2010
Ken Hulme replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"Sam - I almost missed the word "lid" in your post. I'm thinkin' "Hmmm Cup o' stuff and PVC cement is really gonna stick to your ribs"!! Keith- I think one of the wisest things you could do would be to spend the…"
Sep 24, 2010
Keith Young replied to Keith Young's discussion 'Do you make your own pick or purchase?'
"I make my picks about as round as my thumb on one side and about as round as my middle finger on the other. Not sure why, this is the way I was taught and the picks work well. Never tried a round pick but might try one sometime. Seems like quite a…"
Sep 24, 2010

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My interests in music and in mountain dulcimers:
My name is Keith Young and I have been around dulcimers since I was a baby. My grandfather's name is Keith Young and he is an excellent dulcimer maker. I am no where near as skilled as my grandfather but enjoy the occasional tune.
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At 10:01am on September 18, 2010, Bill Lewis said…
Welcome to FOTMD Keith.
At 12:01am on September 18, 2010, Strumelia said…
Hi Keith,
Here is a photo from 1997 of me with my beautiful dulcimer made by your grandfather.
And here i am in 2004 with it.
And it is the same dulcimer featured in the logo for this site, a photo I took last year of it. It's the most beautiful instrument i have, and I play it regularly.
At 11:34pm on September 17, 2010, Rod Westerfield said…
welcome Keith glad ya joined the FOTMD family.. I have many talk highly of your grandfathers dulcimers.
At 11:33pm on September 17, 2010, Scotty Lee Shuffield said…
Hey Keith - welcome aboard. There's lotsa stuff on this site, if you're ready to do a little diggin'...

Scooter Lee
Lake Tyler, Texas
At 11:00pm on September 17, 2010, Strumelia said…
Welcome Keith!
Is your grandfather 'the' Keith Young of Virginia who made my beautiful dulcimer you can see in the logo for this site? If so do give him my best.

i hope you enjoy it here.
At 10:54pm on September 17, 2010, Leonard Griffin said…
Welcome to FOTMD Keith,good to have a neighbor here, there are others from the area here.
 
 
 

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