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OT Plectrums (Re: Fwd: Re: OT strummin' on the old banjo)

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Sunday, September 9, 2007, 19:00
caeruleancentaur wrote:
>>>ROGER MILLS wrote: > > >>>Their plectra were originally goose quills as I recall (plastic >>>now, harrumph) > > >>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' :) -- Ray ================================== ================================== Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu. There's none too old to learn. [WELSH PROVERB]