Picking a Pick

When choosing a pick, think about the style of music you are mostly going to play.  As a beginner, you probably will be strumming a lot, so you may want to get a more flexible pick that will play a lot softer.  If you play a lot of single string runs, solos, and heavy metal/thrash then go for a thicker pick.  Thicker picks will make your strings (especially on acoustic guitar) ring louder.

The gauge numbers to me are mostly arbitrary.  I just get 2 or 3 that flex…  a couple that flex less, and a couple that are stiff.  I can play and pick with just about anything (or nothing) so I am not too wrapped up in being tied to a certain number or brand. Once you find what you are comfortable with, then the numbers and brand will help you remember.

Again, I just keep an assortment around.  If I am tracking (recording) then I pay a little more attention to the pick, but for just playing around and practicing, it really doesn’t matter too much to me.  I would say typically I play a stiffer pick with my electric guitar and a more bendy with my acoustic.

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