The kalimba tines hurt my thumbs. What should I do?
Grow Your Thumb Nails
What if you can't grow your thumb nails? Or worse - what if your thumbnail breaks? There are Alaska Piks - guitar finger pics that can be put on your thumbs. BTW, the XL size pik (sized for XL fingers) fits perfectly on my normal-large sized thumbs.
You do need to have a wee bit of thumbnail for the Alaska Pik to slide under, so it remains stiff and doesn't flop when you pluck a tine. I always take Alaska Piks to gigs. More than once I have broken a nail while loading in equipment, and having an Alaska Pik on hand can save a gig from going south. You will have to practice for a few minutes to recalibrate where your thumbnail tips are after putting on a pik. Alaska Piks do glissandos just fine.
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