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flat pick

n.
A flat, often triangular plectrum held between the finger and thumb, used in picking and strumming a guitar or similar stringed instrument.

flat′-pick′ v.
flat′-pick′er n.
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He mixes finger-style picking with a flat-pick (plectrum), makes use of several nonstandard tunings and ends-up with a style that is so distinctive regardless of whether he applies it to electric or acoustic guitar.
Listening to Jimmie Rodgers records, however, he figured out that Rodgers was achieving his accuracy and control over the instrument by using what Doc called a 'straight-pick'--what would now be called a flat-pick. A field recording made in 1941 by W Amos Abrams <http://tinyurl.com/docwatson1941> reveals Doc, aged eighteen, singing with amazing control and expression, though his voice has not yet settled into its adult baritone, and a flat-picked guitar accompaniment that is instantly recognizable as Doc Watson--smooth, fluid, without a wasted note, supporting and complementing the song perfectly.
Robertson, the flat-pick guitarist, from Windsor, Nova Scotia.