Guitar picks or plectrums are often overlooked by guitarists – especially beginner and intermediate guitarists. Guitar picks are so cheap that it’s hard to imagine a small piece of plastic has an impact on playability and tone but it really does! There are so many different sizes, thicknesses and materials to choose from. In this video we check them all out!

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In the video lesson down the page we’ll go in depth about the different picks and how to decide which one is right for you!
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Written by Karl Golden

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Choosing the right pick for you!

Choosing the right guitar pick is a matter of personal preference and depends on several factors: 

  1. Material: Picks are made from various materials including plastic, nylon, metal, and stone, each with a different texture, feel, and sound. 
  2. Shape: Picks come in different shapes such as triangular, teardrop, and rectangle, each affecting the way it feels in the hand and the sound it produces. 
  3. Thickness: Pick thickness affects playing comfort and the sound produced, with thicker picks having a warmer tone and more volume, and thinner picks having a brighter tone and more precision. 
  4. Grip: Consider the grip of the pick, such as ridges, grooves, or a matte finish, to improve grip and reduce pick slipping. 

To choose the right pick for you, it's recommended to try out several options and experiment with different materials, shapes, thicknesses, and grips until you find the one that works best for your playing style and preferences.

☝️ Most common way to hold your guitar pick! ☝️

☝️ So many different types of guitar picks. Varying in size, material and weight! ☝️