I saw this idea somewhere but can’t remember; wish I could give proper credit.
Get a long piece of 1/4″ wide black elastic – at least 5 feet. Drape it around your neck and decide what length you prefer, leaving a little slack. Then take a nail and poke a hole through the wide end (about 1/4″ towards the center) of each pick. Thread the elastic through and tie a double knot along the edge, trimming the ends if necessary.
I played “Carousel” this past weekend. There aren’t a ton of glisses but when there are, you have to go immediately into bass-chord-bass-chord/boom-chick-boom-chick. This way, I could play a gliss and just ‘drop’ the picks to play chords. The picks are then either on your lap or hanging at your side the next time you need them.
Other musicians are pretty curious. One time someone said it looked like a 21st century vestment. 😮
Whoa! How did you manage to get through that without picks? I subbed on this show on Broadway for a few years and would not have been able to get through it without picks. “Be out Guest” is basically one big gliss. Didn’t you shred up your fingers?