The Creator & History of Quick Pick.
Bruce Paterson was born on January 10, 1949 in the Bronx, NY. He was the son of a NYC bus driver who was a WW2 hero and a waitress mother who had to leave school in the 6th grade to scrub floors during the depression.
When Elvis Presley first appeared on TV in 1955 Bruce knew he wanted to play guitar and sing. He was 6 years old. His father surprised him one day when he came home from work carrying a cardboard guitar case. Inside the case was a $15.00 wooden guitar with palm trees painted on it. Bruce loved that guitar. He would sit for hours after school in front of his RCA Victrola banging along to his 78 rpm Elvis records. But he was not making very good music. So he asked his dad if he could take lessons and his dad said yes. 3 months of lessons was all Bruce would get before an accident at school forced him to stop. His right hand was caught in the lock of a metal school door latch and he almost lost 2 fingers.
For the next 4 months he took what he had learned and began to teach himself using just his thumb. He realized his passion was to recreate as close as possible the guitar parts to the songs he liked. He worked on all the R&B and rock music of the 50’s and 60’s. He played electric guitar with a variety of bands until he joined the US Navy in 1966. Upon returning home in 1969 he traded his Fender Jazz Master for a Martin D-35 acoustic and turned to folk music.
The rest is history.
He has performed for decades off and on with a passion for the music of the 60’s and 70’s. Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Gordon Lightfoot, The Stones, Beatles, PP&M, Jethro Tull, you name it. He even plays Zeppelins Stairway to Heaven acoustically and you can’t say a note is out of place. But his biggest thrill was singing Blowin’ in the Wind with Peter Yarrow on stage at the Bitter End in NY City.
Around December 2014 he was practicing when he dropped his pick. Because he had a severe back injury that would ultimately require surgery he could not bend down to pick it up. Dropping a pick is always a problem for any guitar or banjo player and it does happen. It’s even more frustrating for a solo performer like Bruce. He searched the net and any other resource he could find to see if there was something, anything out there that would allow a picker to INSTANTLY grab another pick without having to stop and start over. He found nothing so he set out to find a way.
That’s when he came up with the idea for the Gitar Quick Pick. He has trademarked it and found some graphic help to create the concept and set about applying for patents worldwide. Quick pick is patent pending is the USA and Canada. Patents are applied for in the EU, China and Australia. It is his hope that multitudes of pickers will take advantage of this elegant and functional accessory to enhance their performances for a long time to come.
Bruce and his lovely wife Julie formed Gitar Quick Pick! We hope you enjoy the Quick Pick.
You’ll never miss a beat!