Here is a great sounding example of how great artists are using 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.
Pi Jacobs is an LA based singer and songwriter
PI Jacobs and Band on KPFK Radio!
Give this tune a listen from Pi Jacobs and band. Love the back up singers too -very sweet. Pi's voice is so distinctive that it stands out clearly as the lead.
Notice the Kodiak Crossover Pick that Pi uses in the video. She mixes up a variety of right hand techniques.
Francesco Lo Castro and Patrizio Buanne
Italian guitarist and educator Francesco Lo Castro
Strum-N-Comfort and the Fret House featured at the Huck Finn Jubilee bluegrass festival.
Greg M Atkin and Rich Seymour play the back up music for the live KTLA 5 morning show with Allie Mac Kay. Greg M Atkin plays his bluegrass tune on guitar and Rich Seymour accompanies Greg on banjo.
We had a great time playing music and selling our wares to the attendees of the festival.
New Jocelyn Celaya Music Video!
Check out the new Jocelyn Celaya music video sponsored by Fender Guitars. You can really see how Jocelyn uses the SharkTooth Crossover Pick to help accomplish her "Radical Classical" style.
Click on the link provided below or click her photo to see Jocelyn's new song "Throwaway Kid".
Jocelyn Celaya is a Grammy Ballot nominated radical classical guitarist/vocalist who keeps the foundation of traditional classical techniques in her original compositions by combining heavy bass lines, speedy leads, and multi-dimensional melodies accompanied by strong vocals and lyrics within a Pop/Rock structure. With the release of three albums entitled Mosaic Jungle, String Theory, and Radical Classical, Jocelyn has headlined shows at locations ranging from conservatories and arts theaters, to conventional mainstream outlets and music festivals both nationally and internationally.
USC Professor Steve Trovato
Bruce Forman - USC Professor and leader of Cow Bop Band!
PROFESSIONAL PLAYER OBSERVATIONS
"I enjoy playing a variety of music styles and techniques on guitar. However, blending these techniques has always been a challenge.
The SharkTooth Crossover Pick is like the missing link and I am very glad to have discovered the pick at last!"
NOTE: Guitarist Dick Eliot has an awesome musical history and is now working on a new engineering design for the Hybrid model of the SharkTooth Crossover pick. Watch for much more creative music from Dick Eliot.
See Dick play with the Crossover pick on youtube! Click on the following links.
"The SharkTooth flat pick is such a versatile pick. Its unique grip allows me to move very easily between hybrid picking and sweep picking. It also produces the 'bite' when I need it for more funky articulations. It is the only flat pick I've found so far that has improved my tone on guitar. The rounded, dark tone of the 1.5mm has enhanced my Jazz sound. Thanks for a great product."
Director, Centre for Jazz & Popular Music University of KwaZulu Natal Durban, South Africa
Watch this very entertaining video featuring noted author, folklorist and musician Dr. Chris Grooms of Collin College in Texas.
Dr. Groom's web site is really cool place for all things Celtic. He is a very innovative user of the SharkTooth Traditional picking system where a vaiety of flat picks are combined with the thumb sleeve.
Sweet Band bass player Steve Priest at the Whiskey in Hollywood
Steve Priest of The Sweet Band Adopts the SharkTooth Crossover Pick!
The newly reformed Sweet Band kicked off their International tour in June 2008 with a concert at the famed Whiskey club in Hollywood, CA. The Sweet Band is best known for their mega-hits "Fox on the Run", "Love is like Oxygen" and the ever popular "Ballroom Blitz".
Sweet Band bassist Steve Priest using the SharkTooth Crossover Pick
See The Sweet Band, Live! In America CD review in the February 2011 issue of Vintage Guitar magazine. On newsstands now!
Steve Priest is the original bass player and singer for the Sweet Band. Steve is using the SharkTooth Crossover Pick system for most of the bands arrangements. Steve says, "The SharkTooth Crossover Pick has helped the way I play bass".
Steve substitutes the Kodiak (0.8mm) medium gage polymer flat pick for improved durability on bass guitar. The tone, pick attack & durability, the comfort and less fatigue are all benefits of the new Crossover Pick system. In addition, Steve applies Universal Technique in terms of right hand versatility.
Get the new Sweet Band "Live" CD now!
You must hear the new arrangement of "Love is like Oxygen" from the new CD. It is fantastic!
TIM THOMPSON WINS THE 2008 WINFIELD NATIONAL FINGERSTYLE GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIP!
Congratulations are in order for Tim Thompson! Tim Thompson placed first in fingerstyle guitar at the 2008 Walnut Valley Festival. This competition is the defacto standard for the National guitar title each year. Visit www.timthompsonguitar.com for more information or to book Tim for a concert.
HOT NEW VIDEO
View the new YouTube video, just uploaded, of Tim Thompson using the Kodiak Crossover Pick and playing a Batson Guitar. The featured Jorge Morel composition is expertly performed by Tim and his flawless fingerstyle jazz technique is very evident. Tim's right hand technique is one of the most elegant Fingerstyle methods that you will see.
Tim Thompson using the Kodiak Crossover Pick in concert at the Taylor Guitar venue (NAMM 2008)
Guitarist Tim Thompson & his son Myles
Guitarist Tim Thompson and son Myles at NAMM 2008
Strum-N-Comfort® Picking Systems just completed another successful NAMM show where the revolutionary Crossover Picks? were demonstrated for music product dealers from around the world.
Shown in the photo to your right, and demonstrating the Kodiak Crossover Pick, is Tim Thompson -a first call Nashville studio guitarist- performing at the Strum-N-Comfort Picking Systems booth at NAMM 2008. Tim is joined by his virtuoso 14 year old son Myles on the fiddle and a friend who plays mandolin professionally. Tim and Myles also played the week end before at the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists Festival in Santa Ana (www.afg.org).
Check out the new YouTube video, just uploaded, of Tim Thompson using the Kodiak Crossover Pick and playing a Batson Guitar. The Jorge Morel composition is expertly performed by Tim and his flawless fingerstyle technique is very evident. Check it out at the following link:
The Crossover Pick defines a new category in stringed instrument picks. Esteemed music teachers and performers worldwide agree on the Crossover Pick benefits.
Music dealers are invited to stock the picks today! Help us expand the distribution and be a part of music product history as the Crossover Pick is established. In addition, dealers at NAMM were shown the expanded line of semi-precious stone heart shaped guitar picks from Strum-N-Comfort (now in 10 colors). The engraved stone picks offer low friction and a 1.0mm beveled picking tip. Teachers agree that they are a perfect flat picking development tool.
Display or wear your beautiful stone pick in the rhodium plated (silver colored) Pendant/Locket when not in use.
Strum-N-Comfort has also expanded the number of music theme jewelry offerings. The signature line of Brother John designed pin, clip, key chain & pendant look hand made and are very affordable.
Look for much more in the jewelry and art category of products under the www.ArtisanStudioWorks.com trade name now on the Internet.
KEVIN BROWN USES THE SHARKTOOTH HYBRID MODEL CROSSOVER PICK!
See the You Tube video linked below featuring slack key guitar master Kevin Brown.
Kevin is seen using the SharkTooth "hybrid" model Crossover Pick in this video.
Kevin is playing the tune Mauna Loa during his performance at the George Kahumoku Jr's masters of the slack key guitar show in Hawaii.
Slack Key Guitar Master Kevin Brown
SharkTooth Crossover Pick user Ric Ickard
WORLD CLASS GUITARIST RIC ICKARD IS AN EARLY ADOPTER OF THE SHARKTOOTH CROSSOVER PICK
See Ric using the Crossover Pick in a new "You Tube" video now on the web. Click on the following link for the video.
"Ric is a delight to listen to and very talented. He made his playing look easy. He had everyone cheering and hollerin' with delight while he did such numbers as "Little Rock Getaway", "Drive In" and "Malaguena." - Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists
Growing up in the Philippines, Richard Alcoy, who adopted the stage name Ric *Ickard, started playing guitar at the age of eight by studying the recordings of Andres Segovia, Laurindo Almeida, Charlie Byrd and Chet Atkins.
At seventeen, he began performing guitar concerts. Until he began formal studies at St. PaulCollege in Manila, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in music education, he was entirely self- taught. At graduation, his alma mater presented him a special award in musical performance. He won first prize in both classical and jazz guitar competitions in the 1980 Philippine Guitar Festival, and was the first guitarist to ever win both categories - all on the same day. Ric's talents blossomed as a young artist. The Philippine government granted him a scholarship to study classical guitar.
Ric have performed in many five-star hotels and cruise ships. Aside from performing around the world, Ric is a regularly featured artist at the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, the Pasadena's Guitar Nights, as well as the Association of Fingerstyle Guitarists.
After moving to the United States, based in Los Angeles, Ric continued to pursue his musical career by performing solo recitals, at the same time, expanding to other activities such as playing master classes to such notables as Scott Tennant and David Grimes.
In 2006, Naxos took his talent into wider world attention by releasing a CD called "Popular Guitar Music Of The Philippines".
He currently has four CDs available, all of which contain wonderful guitar renditions of popular, jazz, classical, and contemporary music.
"You got a great technique and your classical expertise is excellent!" - Nato Lima of "Los Indios Tabajaras
"Ric excels in both Chet style and classical music. He is a professionally trained music educator who has traveled the world performing his music. He first brought his talents to Chet Atkins Appreciation Society in 1992 and has impressed us with his gentle and articulate guitar styles. - Chet Atkins Appreciation Society "Ric Ickard is now gaining an international reputation establishing a concert career in United States and abroad. He is a unique and passionate guitarist with ample technique and musicality" - Douglas Back, concert artist
Listen to what Strum-N-Comfort product users have said about the Crossover Pick.
Heitor Pereira - Grammy Award Winner "As a film composer and guitarist, I become like the actors and together we convey the message and the feeling of the art form. The SharkTooth and Kodiak Crossover Pick from Strum-N-Comfort is a valuable tool that supports me in my musical role."
Film Credits as the Composer: Curious George (2006), Ask the Dust (2006), Two Weeks (2005), Haven (2004), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004), KI: Agent Candice Delong (2003), 11'09"01 - September 11 (2002), Dead in the Water (2002), Real Women Have Curves (2002), Riding in Cars with Boys (2001). Additional Music: Madagascar (2005), Spanglish (2004), Man on Fire (2004), Shrek 2 (2004), Something's Gotta Give (2003), The Rundown (2003), Black Hawk Down (2001), The Pledge (2001), Mission: Impossible II (2000). Song: As Good as it Gets (1997) ("My Only") Visit www.heitorpereira.com
Andy Brauer - Guitar Guru & Tech to the Stars
"Strum-N-Comfort Picks are a key component to great guitar tone and they make me play with freedom & joy."
Got my package on Saturday and can't believe the difference this makes. The ingenuity that has gone into this product is just fantastic.
I've been going between the SharkTooth and Kodiak and experimenting with differing techniques. Can't believe I've wasted so many $ on thumb picks before I stumbled onto your website.
I know that this product may not rival the discovery of electricity, but I swear it's damn close.
Thanks Dennis, AZ
"I have used many different style picks through the years. I recently was introduced to the SharkTooth and Kodiak Crossover Picks. My personal favorite is the Kodiak.
It is the most comfortable and accessible pick design I have ever had the pleasure of using. I can easily switch from thumbpick to flat pick mode with this setup on the fly. Thank you guys for coming up with this very innovative Crossover Pick design. I can't imagine playing with anything else."
Sal DiTroia – Legendary Studio Musician & Solo Performer
Every time you hear “I’m a Believer” on the radio or watch the “Godfather” on television, Sal DiTroia collects a check. He’s the studio musician who played guitar on the Monkees’ peppy 1966 hit and worked on the score for the movie’s foreboding wedding scene. DiTroia performed on Billy Joel’s first album, on Simon & Garfunkel’s hits “The Boxer” and “Scarborough Fair,” and all of Dionne Warwick’s hits, Including “Alfie” and “Do you know the way to San Jose.” He’s worked with everyone from Grace Slick to Country Joe McDonald.
Sad News! - Guitar great Sal DiTroia passed away last June 2007. My prayers go out to his family and friends. He will be missed by all.
Jam This! at Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park
What does Gil Parris say about the SharkTooth & Kodiak Crossover Picks?
"Definitely an improvement over conventional thumb picks for easily moving between fingerstyle and pick technique."
Gil Parris can be seen consistently performing in NYC with some of the scene's best players. He's headlined at many prestigious venues, such as B.B. King's in Times Square, Town Hall, Metropolitan Cafe, and 55 Bar. When he's not performing or recording, he contributes instructional articles to guitar magazines, is part of the affiliate jazz faculty at SUNY Purchase College, and his first artist-driven Hot Licks video, "Modern Blues Guitar", has become a best-seller.Gil is also part of the national Hot Licks video, "Masters of the Stratocaster".
In addition, Gil was the lead guitarist for Blood, Sweat & Tears, playing to thousands, and he appears extensively on their Christmas album due out in 2003. Currently, Gil can be found on tour with rising sax star, David Mann (Tower of Power). They recently appeared together on NBC's The Today Show, and followed with sold out performances at Jack Rose in NYC and Catalina Island's Jazz Trax Festival.
I'd like to thank you once again for this product you've developed. Sincerely, I've recently evaluated my playing style which I had adopted to combat my disability (Dystonia). My style is about 85-90% reliant on your Sharktooth pick.
I just thought to myself the other day, how truly blessed I was to stumble upon this product, that it was a blessing from God. When I had gotten back into my playing a few years ago with renewed fervor, and discovered that I had this disability, I was very discouraged. But wasn't about to give up. My passion to provide others with music would not be hindered by this.
Out of the blue, I stumbled upon the Sharktooth pick via Michael Hewett's site. To wrap it up, the pick has enabled me to do things that I wouldn't have been doing, even if I hadn't developed Dystonia. Right now I can say I only have a slight disABILITY!
Thank you, Greg. God bless you.
Sincerely, John Tinger
"Hi! I wanted to tell you how pleased I am with my newly purchased SharkTooth Crossover Pick. I think that the pick is a wonderfully innovative product. I am a "Newbie" at playing guitar (only a few months), but it has really helped me. No more dropping my flat pick in the sound hole and it enables me to fill in with finger picking too."
Hi I'm Nico di Battista -Italian guitar player- and I use the SharkTooth Crossover Pick. It's fantastic feel and control means that I can play Jazz & Flamenco in one shot!!
We met down at the Welcome Café in Redondo Beach- and you so kindly gave me a traditional Crossover pick. I just wanted to write and say how much the SharkTooth Crossover pick is helping my playing.
I switched from bass to acoustic guitar a few years ago. As a finger player, the pick has always been really problematic. I just couldn't get comfortable with it and dropped it a lot, etc.
After playing with your pick for an hour, I realized all my problems could be solved by it. I told my husband how the pick had IMMEDIATELY improved my playing. I played him something and he said, "Wow, you really do sound better!"
My problem is, I tend to loose things, so I'm gonna to go right now and stock up on several of them.
Thanks again, and hope to see you soon- I'll let you know when I'm playing in town.
Pi (say it like "pie") Jacobs
Music Industry Partners
Makers of fine glass, ceramic & metal Slides.
New Private label agreement with Big Heart Slide!
Big Heart Slide Company is planning to create a private label product using the Traditional model of the SharkTooth Crossover Pick. Several gauges of a new asymetrical heart shaped flat pick will be included with two traditional sleeves and sold under the Big Heart Slide product name.
Dava Pick Company enters into a co-marketing effort with Strum-N-Comfort Picking Systems!
Dava Pick Company will supply one free Dava Control flat-pick for every SharkTooth Crossover pick sold through the 2005 Christmas season.
The fact that a player can select their favorite flat-pick to use with the SharkTooth Crossover product is the focus of the co-marketing effort. The marketing agreement was entered into to demonstrate the unique benefits of the Dava Control flat-pick when combined with the SharkTooth thumb sleeve.
The Dava Control pick normally offers the player a smooth strum capability and -at the same time- can be held in a way that produces solid lead playing ability. By combining the Dava pick with the SharkTooth thumb sleeve the player now has a powerful fingerstyle skill at the ready.