OT Plectrums (Re: Fwd: Re: OT strummin' on the old banjo)
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, September 9, 2007, 19:00|
>>>ROGER MILLS wrote:
>>>Their plectra were originally goose quills as I recall (plastic
>>R A Brown <ray@...> wrote:
>>I believe this was so, but I'm not sure what the ancient plectrums
>>were made from (but not from plastic :)
> When I studied the guitar many decades ago, I had a plectrum (we
> referred to them as picks) made of felt.
A bit more research has revealed that quill plectrums were used in the
16th century to play the lute.
Apparently the ancient Greeks used a variety materials, such as
tortoiseshell, ivory, wood and metal.
Oh yes, before some writes in, I do know that _Latin_ plural of
'plectrum' is 'plectra.' Indeed, 'plectra' /ple:ktra/ was also the
ancient (non-Doric) Greek plural; but their singular was 'plectron' :)
Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu.
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