Good Stuff: Fred Kelly Picks

I’ve gone back to an ugly hybrid of finger and flat picking. I really like playing with a thumb pick and strumming with my fingers. Maybe I never learned proper technique, but it seems so much more natural than strumming with all the motion in my wrist/arm.

I don’t like super thick thumb picks though. They stink for strumming. So, I found Fred Kelly Picks. Specifically, the Bumblebee.

I picked up1 a set of the medium teardrop ones. I made a lucky guess as they ended up being 0.74mm, which is around the normal pick I use. The site doesn’t give that info as far as I could find.

The standard size is kinda small. Smaller than a medium National thumb pick. If one of those National/Dunlop picks is snug for you, get a large.

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They are adjustable a bit, but the way they arrive, they will only go smaller.

The pick portion reminds me of a Jazz III. Which is odd, because they offer a jazz model. Not sure how that would differ… But it is just big enough to do some heavy strumming, but definitely small enough for nimble arpeggios.

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These things may be odd for traditional finger style players, but worth a try as a way to vary your sound. For flat pickers, if you do a lot of two hand tapping stuff, these are great for leaving all four picking hand fingers open to tap. Almost like a pick with a security system.

Give them a try!

PS- this was not in any way endorsed by Fred Kelly Picks, I just like them.

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