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Choosing the Right Guitar Pick

“What kind of guitar pick should I use”?

I get asked this a lot. And the answer is almost always:

“whatever works for you”

I know, not much of a help there, but at the end of the day it does come down to personal preference.

Regardless, give some thought on what kind of pick to use. It might just help you a little more with your playing.

What I can offer are the following thoughts and suggestions:

If you are primarily a strummer on acoustic, you might want to go with a lighter pick. It doesn’t offer that much pick/string resistance as you strum. It makes for an easy movement across the strings.

If you do a lot of single note picking, especially soloing, you might want to look at heavier picks. This would mostly be for electric players but it can also be for acoustic players too.

And if you do a lot of both, like me, you might want to find something in between.

Here is a good starter set to purchase for $4 where you can find what you like. It’s a variety pack from Dunlop (a brand I favor):

Variety Pack

I use Dunlop Tortex picks in the following way:

.88mm for my electric

.6mm for my acoustic. I should note that because I strum and pick a lot, this is a good “hybrid” for acoustic. Sometimes, if I am only picking notes on acoustic, I’ll grab the .88mm for that song, then switch to .6mm for the next song. I really don’t use the light picks because of my style of playing. But, it might be good for you.

Here are some ideas for light picks:

.46mm Tortex

Dunlop Nylons

Fender Thins

For electric players who do a lot of single note picking and/or soloing, this is a long time favorite of many players (including me):

Fender Medium

Hopefully you get the idea. I think the best way is to simply try a bunch yourself and see what works best.

And as always, I’m here to help to!

I hope this helps make you more successful in your playing!

Rock On,

 

PS: I just made my TOP 10 Favorite Alex Lifeson Riffs Video taken from his huge catalog of Rush songs. It was a lot of fun to make! Let me know what you think: Best Rush Songs on Guitar

PPS: I’m also on a roll creating some CRAZY 30-60 sec guitar solos using some exotic scales. It sounds pretty cool:

Hungarian Gypsy Minor in F

Hindustan Scale in G

PPPS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscribers to more than 22 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

6 String Corner

Px4…S:

Want to know the 4 Techniques to help you play your favorite songs? Get the eGuide here: Chronic Chord Condition

Guitar Lesson: How A Toothpick Saved My Guitar

My toothpick saved my guitar

It’s amazing how some of the smallest things can have an impact on the bigger things

I also learned a little more about resourcefulness

The strap post on my Fender Stratocaster broke. That isn’t good when you need to put the strap on in order to play!

One day this will happen to you. Just wait….

The strap post was actually a strap lock. It literally locks the strap in place on your guitar.

For a small investment, you should look into locks for your electric guitars – and even some of the acoustic guitars (just be aware of the acoustics that have the cord plug in where you put the strap, it doesn’t work for those models). I can’t tell you how many times the strap finds its way off the strap post at the most inopportune times (like a gig….)

So, lucky you! I have a real short video to show you how it is done with a toothpick (thanks to my friend Greg who alerted me to what I found out was an old tried and true trick!)

Yes folks, a toothpick.

You have to see this to believe it

Watch this, and bookmark it for when it happens to you :-)…

Guitar Saved by a Toothpick

Rock On,

Tony G.

PS: Oh and hey, can you do me a favor? I’m starting a mission to grow my You Tube Subscriibers to more than 16 (Ha!). No, seriously, if you can quickly hop over there and “Subscribe”, it would be so very awesome!

I promise that the videos (most of them at least) will be entertaining and/or informative!

Here is the path to arrive there:

Six String Corner

Barre Chord Basics – Part 2

Knowledge of barre chords can be one of your greatest assets as a guitar player

That’s what I said last week.

I wanted you to first look at how well you are playing the four basic shapes like this:

From those four shapes you can play virtually any 7 and 9 chord. You can also play chords that also have the ‘2’, ‘sus’, 11, and stuff like ‘add 13’ tagged on to the chord name.

So what is the trick?

It is simply taking a finger away, or moving it to another location.

Here is a video I made for you all to demonstrate how it is done:

See how easy it is?

I mentioned in that video about making a .pdf file to accompany it – that will be coming up! I wanted to at least get this information to you all right now. You will be the first to get that .pdf file. Stay tuned!