"I recommend the SharkTooth Traditional and the Kodiak Crossover Picks because the pick & strap assemblies can be interchanged. However, the SharkTooth Hybrid model is also fun to play with due to its fluid flat picking and strumming capability."
"Take note that the Un-Thumb-Pick is the most unusual model in the set and it may take a bit more practice to master."
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Here is an independent review of the SharkTooth Traditional Crossover Pick.
SharkTooth Traditional Crossover Pick v4.0 dual pack
Powerful tool for combining flat picking, strumming and fingerstyle techniques
THERE ARE FOUR CROSSOVER PICK MODELS AVAILABLE!
The "Traditional" SharkTooth Crossover Pick version 4.0 is shown above in the basic dual package with no carry pouch included. You get two Neoprene straps, a 0.75mm celluloid flat pick/strap, a 1.0mm flat pick/strap, a spare hook Velcro strap for use with your own pick and a set of instructions.
The retail price of the Traditional SharkTooth basic dual pack is US$12.00. Note that the two pocket SharkTooth carry pouch is no longer available.
Pictured below is the SharkTooth Hybrid and the Un-Thumb-Pick, respectively. All of the designs use Neoprene for the strap or sleeve part and feature custom celluloid flat picks.
The Kodiak is the fourth model in the series and it uses Twill Nylon for the strap and a polymer flat pick material (see photo & description below).
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SharkTooth Hybrid Crossover Pick dual pack
SharkTooth Un-Thumb-Pick shown in classical play mode
The Kodiak Crossover Pick
The Kodiak uses a simple twill nylon strap and uses a long wearing polymer flat pick. The Kodiak is less bulky, and offers a very snug fit if desired. The Kodiak model is a design combination that uses elements of both the Traditional and Hybrid SharkTooth models.
The Kodiak basic package includes the nylon strap, two different gage flatpick strap assemblies (.8mm & 1.0mm) and instructions.
The retail price of the Kodiak basic dual package without the carry pouch is US$12.00. Add $4.00 for the two pocket Kodiak carry pouch option.
The Kodiak is fun to play with and it is a favorite of many professional players.
Important Comment: The SharkTooth flat picks are NOT made from actual shark tooth material!
SharkTooth Celluloid 1.0mm Flat Picks
Educator Steve Trovato at the NAMM show
UNIVERSAL PICKING TECHNIQUE AND METHOD!
Steve Trovato is known as the "Great Cameleon" in recognition of his broad guitar playing skills. Steve is now working to develop what is known as the "Universal Picking Technique" method. A book/CD/Crossover Pick product is nearing completion and will be available in the spring of 2012.
Universal Picking Technique uses the new and comfortable Crossover Pick technology to help develop right hand playing skills. Blending strumming, flat picking, finger picking, harmonics, percussion and finger tapping skills are made easier with the SharkTooth and Kodiak Crossover Pick gear.
(click on the image to the right to learn more about "Universal Picking Technique")
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SharkTooth Crossover Pick Product Overview
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Strum ‘N Comfort® Picking System. The SharkTooth Pick product from Strum 'N Comfort is a new and exciting music accessory for Guitar, Banjo, Resonator, Bass, Autoharp and Pedal Steel. Now on the market at expanded locations, SharkTooth promises to be standard gear for beginners and established players alike.
SharkTooth Crossover Picks evolved over the last few years by working with music teachers and professional musicians. Each of the three models has a unique set of attributes in terms of fit, feel and adjustability.
The three models are the Traditional, Hybrid and Un-Thumb-Pick (see photos of all three on this page).
SharkTooth picks are designed to support and extend today’s established guitar playing methods. The Strum-N-Comfort Picking System promotes skill development by facilitating the blending of important playing techniques. Flat-picking, Strumming, fingerstyle, harmonics, percussion and finger tapping can be more easily combined using SharkTooth Crossover Picks.
In conclusion, the Strum-N-Comfort Picking System promotes the concept of a "Universal Technique" for playing stringed instruments.
"Improving Your Musical Skill in Comfort" is our motto!
SharkTooth picks are soft and flexible sleeves with a plectrum that is designed to provide total freedom in guitar playing technique. The picking system facilitates what some have called a “universal stringed instrument method”.
Whether the guitar player has training in classical technique, flat-picking, or the Chet Atkins fingerstyle method, using a traditional thumb-pick, there is no longer a division that limits your musical possibilities.
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Three unique SharkTooth Crossover Pick designs are available!
The first model of the SharkTooth pick to be presented here is called "Traditional". The Traditional design uses an interchangable Velcro pick/strap assembly and can be easily adjusted for thumb size and for overall plectrum flexibility. The pick tip protrudes through a lateral hole in the sleeve. The pick tip can also be adjusted in and out relative to the thumb line. The Traditional model also has a balanced up and down tension or playing feel. Therefore, using the Velcro strap for adjustment around the thumb, the player can control all of the pick flex attributes. In addition, the Traditional model makes it easy to substitute your favorite flat pick for use with the Neoprene sleeve.
The second model, called the “Un-Thumb Pick”, is a revolutionary design that offers abundant technical flexibility. “Un-Thumb Pick” supports the plectrum on the outside of the sleeve. This pick orientation allows control over every aspect of play. The guitar player engages the pick using the first finger, and when released, the pick retracts to enable a natural Classical approach. That is, play with your bare fingers or engage the flat pick at will. While some practice is required, the musical rewards are well worth the effort. Please note that the Un-Thumb-Pick model is not a finger pick.
Third, the “Hybrid” locates the plecrum on the front inside edge of the sleeve and is quickly learned (see Hybrid photo on this page). The Hybrid model owes its basic playing approach to the Merle Travis and Chet Atkins fingerstyle. However, flat picking and fluid strumming come more natural to the player. In other words, just like a thumb-pick, a firm down stroke is achieved by the Hybrid design. However, the pick upstroke tension is loose and is, therefore, well suited for strumming and flat picking applications.
When strumming the guitar is desired, the soft and flexible sleeves eliminate the discomfort and rigidity found with most plastic thumb-picks. Also, single note lead lines are more fluid and the angle of plectrum attack control features of all three models provide significant dynamic and tonal variations.
In addition, common accessory products like plastic or metal finger-pick devices may be used along with SharkTooth.
With the Strum ‘N Comfort® Picking System, flat-picking, thumb-picking, finger tapping and the widely taught "Classical" guitar technique is divided no longer.