Keeping a good grip on your pick can needlessly consume a lot of extra energy. In this lesson I propose to show you how to create a non-slip surface on the pick without the use of adhesives. This is particularly useful if your favorite pick is made of a smooth, slick plastic like mine. I use Dunlop Delrin 2.0 picks. They are great for their attack and minimizing friction between the pick and string, but they tend to slip around, especially when a little perspiration is introduced into the equation. Before attempting this process, it should be noted that the possibility of serious injury exists. In other words, if youre not careful, its possible to cut off your finger. But, as long as you pay attention to what youre doing, all should go well. Ive been doing this for over 5 years without so much as a scratch. I got the idea from my drummer, who had seen a Sepultura pick with this type of modification. You will need a carpeted area and a small, lock blade knife. Dont use a Bowie knife, or any type of cutlery from the kitchen. Dont bother with an Exacto/box knife. They are too hard to control, have a dangerous tendency to slip and dont work as well anyway. Too dangerous. And if you use a folding knife that doesnt lock, you will most certainly injure yourself eventually. So DONT. You must use a small, decent quality lock blade. It should be obvious that like driving and shooting firearms, you cannot be drunk or hung over while performing this modification. If it isnt obvious, Ill tell you again. Booze, knives and string instrumentalists dont mix. Dont believe me? Ask Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Wash and dry hands thoroughly. No sweat, dirt, oil or other substances that make the hands slippery allowed. Hold the knife in your dominant hand and the pick in the other hand. The point of the pick should be turned in towards your palm. Angle the pick upwards as shown. Place the lower edge of the pick on the floor. Place the point of the knife BELOW the grip facilitated by the thumb in the lower hemisphere of the pick. No part of your fingers or hands should be between the blade and the floor. Push in towards the pick slightly with the knife to be sure the pick isnt sliding in either direction, and then in a little more and down once you are sure of stability. You dont have to use a lot of pressure. Easy does it. Also the movement of the knife should be very slight. Probably between one quarter and one eighth of an inch. Rotate the pick in both directions to produce 5 scores on the top hemisphere of the face of the pick. Repeat on the opposite side of the pick. So far, so good. Now place the pick on the carpet alone, without holding it in place with the non-dominant hand. Place the point of the lock blade into the center of the pick and GENTLY push and twist, once you are sure of stability. Why gently? Because you dont want to slip and cut your finger off. Really, this technique is absolutely not worth injuring yourself over. You MUST use the utmost care in performing it. Repeat the process on the other side. You should end up with a small, rough dimple on each side. Your pick should look similar to this. This modification will improve your playing significantly, but not dramatically. Youll no longer have to grasp the pick so hard, and it will more easily retain the desired orientation to the string. The advantage of scoring over adhesion is that the pick can be quickly palmed or rotated for adjustment, tapping or finger picking. Special thanks to Jennifer Page for taking the photos that illustrate the article.