Guitar Picks – Should you use small or big picks?

There are many different companies that make guitar picks, and within these companies there are many styles of picks they make.  Some guitar picks are large and some are small. Which are better to use and why? How do you know what the best choice is for your own playing? These questions will be answered shortly.

Large picks are by far the most common style guitar pick. You find them everywhere; they are even turned into necklaces. These are the typical guitar picks that most people think of when they think of guitar pick. The large guitar picks have an advantage that you can find them lying around, which can cut back on buying new packages as often. The other advantage is that large guitar picks have a lot to hold on to. This could possibly make it less likely to slip as much, but not necessarily. The benefit of having more to grab on to can also be seen as a disadvantage because it is slower because the extra material to hold on to.

Small picks are used very rarely, these are mostly known as jazz picks except not only jazz players can use them. They are compact and make playing simpler because there isn’t so much loose material. The downside to these picks is that they can be dropped easily because they are smaller.  You won’t find these lying around at gigs and any place in stage or around other guitar players, but they have their benefits.

Choosing something like a guitar pick is extremely personal. No guitar teacher, guitar book or guitar blog could ever tell you what is best for you when it comes to guitar picks. I suggest you buy a couple different packages of guitar picks to find out what you like. If you do this, don’t just try them for 30 seconds and say you don’t like it. Stick with each style for a week then reevaluate what you thought of the guitar pick. You may find you like the small pick because of the extra control you have, or you may find that the extra material from the bigger picks works better with your fingers.

There are many benefits to both kinds of guitar picks be it small or large picks. Picking out a guitar pick you like is extremely personal and you should experiment with different sizes and styles to find what works best for you. Give everything a fair chance, you will be use to one thing and changing is hard, but you may find the change is a valuable part of your progress as a guitarist

Discover How You Can Get a Great Guitar Tone

This lesson is for everyone in the whole universe that plays guitar. Most of the sound you get from playing guitar is from the hands, not from your gear. If you wish you had a better sound on the guitar than you might want to reconsider a few aspects of your guitar playing to improve your sound. How does this work and what can you do to change your sound? I will show you what you need to know about improving your guitar tone.

Your picking hand is very influential on your guitar tone. This is where you control the volume, brightness or your sound and the harshness. The very first step to creating the guitar sound that you really like is getting the right type of pick. Harder picks will have a harsher sound than a flimsy guitar pick. Different guitar pick materials will have different sounds. You may find experimenting with different guitar picks is a good start to changing your guitar tone. Try different materials, sizes and thickness. Keep in mind that guitar picks should feel comfortable.

After you have a good sounding pick you should concentrate on where you pluck the string and how hard you pluck it. Different positions on the string will create different sounds. Typically closer to the bridge has more of a brighter twang sound and closer to the neck has a darker full sound. Try plucking the string in different sections and you will find that your guitar will start to sound different than it has before. Also keep in mind that you should feel comfortable playing the guitar.  The harder you pluck the string the louder your sound will be. If you want a louder guitar sound then plucking harder may be what you want. Slight differences in how hard you pluck will make a difference. Do not pluck your strings hard enough to break them.

Finally for the picking hand you should experiment with how you hold the guitar pick. Different angles of the guitar pick will create different guitar tones. You can tilt the pick upward or downward. You can also turn the pick to face the bridge or the neck. Experiment with the angle of the pick. You may also want to experiment with the strength that you hold the pick. If you hold the pick tightly there will be less give for the pick and it will sound different than if you lightly hold on to it. You may also want to experiment with the position of the pick between your fingers. There are so many ways to experiment with the guitar pick. Keep in mind that finger style guitar will sound completely different from a guitar pick.

The picking hand on the guitar generates a great amount of the tone you receive on the guitar. Your guitar tone will change depending on your pick and the placement of your pick. Minor adjustments can make the biggest differences in your guitar tone. Experiment with different approaches; however remember that you should always feel comfortable with the guitar. If you find a position that is just very awkward then you may want to find a new position to hold your pick. Share your thoughts below