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Jim Graham


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 5:12 am    
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I just joined here recently and have picked up some very useful info, thanks all for that. My question is: why do a lot of the players on youtube have some kind of pad under the strings below the picking hand? My first(and only) guess is to limit the fingerpicks from tapping the body.
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Joe Elk


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 5:19 am    
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My assumption was to visuality for the viewer.
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Andy Volk


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 5:24 am    
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You may be referring to twin neck pedal steels where an option offered is to have one neck set-up as a guitar and the second neck set-up with a black pad for player comfort. Is this what you mean?


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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 6:19 am    
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Andy Volk wrote:
You may be referring to twin neck pedal steels where an option offered is to have one neck set-up as a guitar and the second neck set-up with a black pad for player comfort. Is this what you mean?



I think he might mean a pad like Troy Brenningmeyer uses on his dobro in some of his videos. It looks like it's no more than a 1/16 thick......ever see a rubber jar lid opener? Troy's look similar to that, but black. I use them on the backside of mine to keep them in place on my lap.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EOHr9CIgjY

Around 2:20 in the video. It looks like a piece of soft leather on Troy's.
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Jim Graham


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 8:20 am    
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Yes, like Troy Brenningmeyer uses. I've also seen several dobro players use them on youtube. They're never applied or stuck to the guitar, just slid under the strings.
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Dave Alfstad


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Indianola, IA USA
Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 8:27 am    
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I've seen that before, and it is always black. I always assumed it was just for instructional video purposes so that the strings were more visible on the picking hand side. It makes it easier to see which strings are being plucked.
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Jim Graham


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Post  Posted 30 Dec 2018 8:34 am    
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Dave Alfstad wrote:
I've seen that before, and it is always black. I always assumed it was just for instructional video purposes so that the strings were more visible on the picking hand side. It makes it easier to see which strings are being plucked.


That is probably it.
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