Listen now to the audio clip below and hear the AS guitar's voice for yourself.
Performance by Jim Soldi!
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Kodiak Crossover Pick Showcase by Justin Johnson!
I’ve tried every type of thumb pick I could get my hands on and I must say the Kodiak and GMA Pro Crossover are my “go to” picks of choice. The unique adjustable strap design is not only comfortable and secure, it allows for more controlled strumming while still producing the clarity and definition for individual notes. When I want a harder attack with more power and volume, I use the Kodiak. For a softer, warmer, smoother attack, the GMA Pro Crossover Pick fits the bill.
Thank you! Alec M.
GMA PRO Description
The GMA Pro advantage is found in the shape and contour of the pick tip and functional edges.
Notice the broad angle surrounding the single picking tip. The picking tip is relatively sharp to enable efficient alternate picking. In addition, there are two distinct bevels strategically shaped into the picks edge. These two bevels combined with the broad sweeping angle of the pick tip facilitate a fast yet dynamically effective release of the pick from the plucked string.
Note that the picking surface is hand shaped and polished by Crossover Pick developer Greg M. Atkin.
RATIONAL & PICK SPECIFICATIONS
Many players prefer a sharp picking tip for fast and efficient alternate picking. However, dynamic control of strumming techniques are more difficult with the sharp tip and the often seen steep angle leading away from the picks tip. Furthermore, a sharper pick tip requires a well developed and consistent skill to maintain efficient alternate picking.
Enabled by the elegant design of the GMA Pro picks playing edge, the GMA Pro offers the player greater dynamic control of both alternate picking and strumming. Like the LW Pro the GMA Pro Crossover Pick provides greater dynamic control when a soft touch is desired. At the same time the pointed tip of the pick supports optimal speed and note articulation.
Combine the GMA Pro custom flat pick with the worlds most comfortable Nylon thumb strap and you truly do have a powerful guitar playing tool. The Nylon strap is fully adjustable on the players thumb and frees the players first finger. Universal Picking Technique applications are a breeze with the GMA Pro Crossover Pick.
Order you own GMA Pro Crossover Pick today and accelerate your skill.
Note: Choose thin gage (0.6mm), medium gage (0.8mm), heavy gage (1.0mm) or extra heavy gage (1.2mm). The pick material is Delrin polymer.
MANELI JAMAL USING THE SHARKTOOTH CROSSOVER PICK (1.5mm)
Acoustic guitarist Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18.
The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transforms his nomadic life experiences into musical movements using extended guitar techniques. There aren't many players in his style that have Jamal's balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas.
His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements and real life stories. This becomes evident with having won countless music competitions around the world including most recently placing 1st at Canada's Soundclash Music Awards.
Having been brought up in a purely artistic and musical family has contributed to shape his unique and comical story telling approach in live settings. He has already performed in 12 countries as a solo performer, has a signature model acoustic guitar named after him and was on the front cover of 2015 Toronto magazine (500,000 copies distributed worldwide). The world is his home and he plays from one end to the other.
SharkTooth Crossover Pick Showcase by Mathew Mozzoni!
Fine ukulele and LW Pro Kodiak Crossover Picks with carry pouch
Testimonial from Paul Ruben
Greg, I just received my 2nd order of your incredible Kodiak Crossover Thumb picks. Honestly I can't get over how awesome they are. I may sound like a commercial but I've tried just about every thumb pick in the works from National, Fred Kelly, The 3D printer one etc and none offer to the guitar or ukulele player what yours does!!! If the player needs feel, comfort, non slip, volume and fluidity then The Kodiak is it. I'm not diminishing your other models, but this LW Pro is The Bomb!
God bless you, Reverend Paul
Greg M. Atkin
Inventor of the SharkTooth & Kodiak Crossover Picks
Here I am playing an original solo acoustic guitar composition for you. Click on the video screen to your right to listen.
I am demonstrating the power of the right hand by employing my SharkTooth Hybrid Crossover Pick design.
I hope that you enjoy the music.
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SharkTooth and Kodiak flat picks
SharkTooth -celluloid- flat picks are available in 0.75mm, 1.0mm and 1.5mm gages.
Kodiak -polymer- (Delrin) flat picks are sold in 0.65, 0.8mm, 1.0mm and 1.2mm gages. Popular guitarist Brady Cohan says;
"SharkTooth picks are far and away the best sounding, highest quality picks I've come across. The warmth and consistency is phenomenal. They have truly become an integral part of my sound."
Brady Cohan - American Idol, Dancing with the Stars band
New Signature Gilad Hekselman 1.5mm flat pick with SharkTooth logo
Now available in a package of three picks!
GILAD HEKSELMAN SIGNATURE 1.5MM FLAT PICKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Get your own set of three Gilad Hekselman signature flat picks direct from Strum-N-Comfort. These premium pearl celluloid 1.5mm Gilad Hekselman endorsed flat picks are very collectible. Note that the SharkTooth logo is printed on the reverse.
Visit www.giladhekselman.com to learn more about the artistry and music of Gilad Hekselman.
Get your set of three picks today and experience the warm and lively sound that Gilad Hekselman loves. Each package of three (3) picks sells for $5.95 retail plus $3.50 S&H for USA destinations.
Three collectible Gilad Hekselman signature flat picks in each package
Take the next step with Steve Trovato
UNIVERSAL PICKING TECHNIQUE IS A POWERFUL GUITAR PLAYING SKILL!
Guitarist and educator Steve Trovato and SharkTooth Crossover Pick inventor Greg M. Atkin have completed the long awaited Universal Picking Technique project. The combination book, CD & SharkTooth Crossover Pick is now available directly from Strum-N-Comfort Picking Systems.
The current retail price of the UPT method book is US$25.95.
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Signature Philip Bynoe Crossover Pick for bass guitar
NEW PHILIP BYNOE SIGNATURE CROSSOVER PICK FOR BASS GUITAR!
"The Crossover Pick is a great tool for reducing stress on the hand while facilitating a smooth & varied flow of right hand technique." Philip Bynoe is an instructor for bass at the L.A. Music Academy and tours with virtuoso guitarist Steve Vai.
Watch the following informational & performance videos to learn more!
New Signature John Pisano picks sponsored by Eastman Guitar & Mandolin Company
Now available in a package of three picks!
JOHN PISANO SIGNATURE 1.5MM FLAT PICKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Get your own set of three John Pisano signature flat picks direct from Strum-N-Comfort. These premium pearl celluloid 1.5mm John Pisano endorsed flat picks are very collectible.
John has played with Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Herb Alpert, Joe Pass and many other jazz greats over the years. John is now very busy as a jazz guitarist and hosts the popular "Guitar Night" with John Pisano held every Tuesday evening at Viva Cantina in Burbank, CA.
Order a set of three picks today and experience the warm and lively sound that John Pisano loves. Each package of three (3) picks sells for $6.95 retail plus $3.50 S&H for USA destinations.
Three collectible John Pisano signature flat picks in each package
Semi-precious heart shaped stone guitar picks
Magic Pick Stone Guitar Picks
Magic Picks are beautiful heart shaped semi-precious stone guitar picks. The stone picks are hand made from agate, black onyx and other silicate based materials. There are ten different stone colors and types to choose from. The stone picks come engraved with a Celtic Cross, a Dove, a Shark and Kodiak Bear image. The engraved images also enhance the players grip during play.
The stone picks are also available with no engraved image on the surface.
As a guitar pick, the asymmetrical shape, a thumb indent on one surface and the 1.0mm beveled picking tip combine to make the stone pick an ideal flat picking practice tool.
The high density material is very hard and offers little friction on the string. The glassy tone on the high strings and the warm bass string sounds are a hallmark of the pick.
Many professional guitar teachers recommend these picks to their student to help them develop fine finger muscle control.
CUSTOM PRO CROSSOVER PICKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FROM STRUM-N-COMFORT DIRECT!
The Custom Pro Crossover Pick series feature hand shaped and optimized picking tips. Each custom pick comes with a handy two pocket carry pouch.
There are two unique Pro designs to choose from. They are, the Les Wise Pro and the Greg M Atkin Pro. Both of the new Pro Crossover Picks in the series utilize the same sturdy Nylon strap system used by the Kodiak standard Crossover Picks.
Here is a great sounding example of how great artists are using the Crossover Picks in performance. Notice the versatility that Pi demonstrates in her right hand technique. The bass notes are also more balanced and project well in the song called "New Shoes" by Pi Jacobs.
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