What Are The Different Types Of Guitar
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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