I blame my niece, Faith, for getting
me into this, because she loves dragons, and anything
with “dragon” in its title attracts my interest,
because I’m trying to be a good uncle who
aids and abets her youthful fascinations. But,
this time, it’s Faith who helped me out, because
I love these Dragon’s Heart Picks, and I’ve been
using them every since we received a care package
from the inventor, Corey Bell.
I didn’t think it was going to turn out this
At first look, the design and shape put me
off, and I assumed there was no way I’d ever be
able to keep these suckers firmly grasped in my
fingers. But they are actually quite comfortable
and secure to hold, and pick drops are no more
frequent than with conventional picks. Made
of a polyamide-imide material, Dragon’s Heart
Picks ($6 to $23 direct, depending on type and
quantity) produce a nice firm snap on strings—awesome for picking harmonics—and deliver a
clear and articulate attack that’s not overly bright.
The three different edges were developed by
Bell because molding each pick is costly—the
material has to be kept hot for 19 days—and he
decided to maximize options in one pick, rather
than make several models. His favorite edge—and mine—is the bottom one, though also I dug
getting varied effects by switching to the rounded
or pointed edges. Picking speed and accuracy
does appear to “pick up” as you get more accustomed
to the grip and edges. Even better, my
bashing and aggro attack tends to shred most
picks in one rehearsal or gig, but I haven’t felt the
need to change out the Dragon’s Heart in two-week’s
worth of rehearsals, gigs, and sessions.
It’s definitely worth following Faith’s lead here,
gang, as these picks are awesome.
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