What Are The Different Types Of Guitar Picks Available Today?

Picks are a small part but have a big effect on the sound. There are three main types of picks to go for.

First type of pick
The first is a thin edge pick. These are made for strumming and NOT for lead. The thickness of this is around 0.45 - 0.60mm in width. Strumming requires a lot of up and down movement, which hits all your strings at once. This is the best pick for that, as it is light, thin, soft and easy on your strings. It will also make them last longer. It gives your strumming a soft, light, rhythmic strumming sound, which is what you want. This sort of pick can be used on either acoustic or electric however, picks are not usually required for Spanish Classic Acoustic guitars


Second type of pick
The second type is the thick edge pick. These picks are for lead and NOT for strumming. The thickness of these are around 0.85 - 1.20 mm in width. They give you a hard-hitting sound. If you are playing rhythm, you really have to strum lightly and easily, as you will break your strings if you don't. These picks are for playing leads as you can hit a string hard on an angle to produce a high pitch 'squeal' sound. This is virtually impossible to do with a thin flimsy pick. (I know this may sound a little too picky, but what I've found when comes to guitars, it is not one big thing that you need to know…but rather a whole heap of small things that all come together to form one big thing). Choosing a pick is not a big deal in the beginning. Once you start getting into some cutting edge techniques, you will need the best pick to get the best sound out of those strings. For instance I will show you how to play a lead where you are not actually hitting the string, but you are getting the tip of the pick and pushing it down on the string on the neck itself: Not where you normally strike strings. Having a thick edge pick is a MUST to pull this off, whereas if you use a thin edge one…FORGET IT! It will not come out.

Third type of pick
The last type is a pick that is somewhat in-between. This sort of pick is what you use for all occasions. It doesn't necessarily sound the best for strumming, or the most effective for playing lead, but it does the job. This is an all round pick and can be used for everything. In my opinion, I'd prefer to get all three picks. One for strumming, one for lead and one for spare keeping. It always sounds better in the end.

Some other sorts of picks available are an alternative to having a set of long fingernails. Sliding them onto your fingers, you can then use them for finger picking.

To hold a pick properly, place it between your thumb and index finger. These are the two strongest fingers and allow you to play without getting sort fingers. It helps you to get a firm grip when you are playing constant rhythms.

When you first get a guitar, any pick will do, however once you get into some real leads and rhythm patterns to play, you will be amazed at how different the sound will be with the right pick. But for now, lets continue on…


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