Prototype ALERT! Ultimate Thumb Pick: One-minute video
Thumbs have unique needs that set them apart from fingers, and finger picks. The pick needs to stay in place, and we believe we’ve solved that problem, while enabling the end-user to use the flat pick of their choice by inserting it into the special pocket.
A little information on the Ultimate FingerPick:
If you play guitar, banjo, resonator, pedal steel, or any other stringed instrument where you’d use a pick, you may have already experimented with various finger picking techniques to expand your playing styles. Most guitar players use a flat pick. Banjo and steel players use finger picks. Growing one’s nails and adding a thumb pick to the mix is one common solution to gaining volume and tone from your thumb and fingers, since using the flesh part of your fingertips just does NOT produce the volume or tones that match up with that of a thumb pick. For those of us that just can’t grow our nails with any consistency, or with the necessary strength to hold up to the steel strings, various finger picks have been introduced over the years into the marketplace. Also, acrylic nails, applied at the local nail salon, can serve a finger picker well, provided there is proper maintenance and under-the-nail fungus prevention. A percentage of the stringed instrument players in the world experiment with these types of artificial nails to double as finger picks. My fellow-inventor, Jim, even went through a phase where he’d GLUE flat picks to his fingernails to try and achieve the tones he needed, since, as a professional guitar player, he has always preferred playing with thumb & multiple fingers, over using any of the available flat picks.
Most of the aforementioned have their drawbacks and imperfections, with the biggest drawback of the various finger picks being that one is limited to the upstroke motion only; guitar players will relate, especially if they ever accidentally down-stroked and had the picks get ripped right off the end of their fingers! Flat pickers that cup the flat pick during portions of songs, so that they can finger pick, lose volume & tone if it’s the flesh part of the fingertip making contact with the strings during that part of the song (plus, they sometimes DROP the flat pick that they had hoped to use again at some point in the song). I was experimenting with acrylics, while taking guitar lessons, and was actually learning some finger picking techniques. Jim was having much better luck with the artificial nails. I had troubles with the acrylics, including fungus and improper maintenance, and even tried attaching various picks, in various ways, to my fingertips. One morning, while visiting Jim, we brainstormed some ideas for reusable styles that would attach to the ends of our fingers, and the lights came on! Through much experimentation and many trials, enter the Ultimate FingerPick [TUFP]–PROBLEM SOLVED!!!
The Ultimate FingerPick fits over your fingertip and has the look & feel of your natural fingernail, but with the strength of a pick. A musician can use one, two, three, or even four Ultimate FingerPicks on the picking hand, and they are RE-USABLE. Even though they are not flat, the index fingernail can be used as your flat pick, simply by gripping it with your thumb as if you were gripping a flat pick between your thumb & index finger! The fact that one can DOWNSTROKE sets The Ultimate FingerPick apart from all its competitors. Finger picks really haven’t changed much in a hundred years, except for materials they’re made from—UNTIL NOW! The Ultimate FingerPick can really add an advantage to all stringed instrument players of the world, allowing for improved technique, with a feel as natural as your own fingernails. Touring musicians will want to keep a few in their gig bags, especially if they rely upon their nails for their performances. What do you do if you break a nail in the middle of a show?? The Ultimate FingerPick to the rescue!! For those professionals that prefer the viewing audience NOT be completely aware of how they create their sounds on a stringed instrument, we have eliminated the orange color, and have gone with natural flesh-tones/nail tones, so that the Ultimate FingerPick will better blend into the hand.