By Christopher Scapelliti
A number of guitar pick makers have taken new and novel approaches to the humble plectrum, employing everything from unusual shapes and materials to colored lights that make your pick part of the show. But to date no pick has been able to provide guitarists with any data about their playing.
Pickatto hopes to change that. Pickatto is a new pick that uses Bluetooth technology to sync up with an app on your smartphone, providing you with information about how many plucks are made and how much pressure you exert on the pick. Plucks are then broken down into upstrokes and downstrokes by percentages. A meter in the app shows when you’re holding Pickatto too hard or too loosely, to help you improve your grip and play with a relaxed hand.
Think of it as a Fitbit for a guitar player, says the pick’s inventor, Michael Murawski. He believes Pickatto “will revolutionize how guitarists practice by thinking of their practice session in numbers as opposed to time.
“When humans can see their efforts in numbers,” he says, “not only can these numbers be improved upon, it becomes easier to set and meet goals.”
Pickatto has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the production of 400 new picks. The company is selling these picks at the early-bird price of $57, which is 10 percent off the regular price.
Watch the video below for more information, and visit Pickattto’s Indiegogo page to purchase.