Although guitar picks are the cheapest accessory you need to buy before playing the guitar, they dictate what your tone and sound is when we strum.
It may seem as though guitar picks are simple little mechanisms that assist in us playing awesome music, but in reality they are one of the most important things to a guitar player because they give us the sound we want to hear.
When choosing picks, you want to think about weight, shape, size, and even the material.
Here are some tips to help you in your journey to becoming the best guitar player you can be.
What characteristics do you want?
Guitar picks have many different characteristics such as thickness, size of the whole pick, shape of the tip of the pick, and what the pick is made of.
Depending on what kind of guitar and music you want to play, you might want a thicker or thinner pick.
In general, you want a thick pick for lead guitar and a thinner pick if you want to play more rhythm.
The thinner pick will absorb and give you more comfort when playing rhythm, but when you are playing lead you will want a thicker pick because you will be able to play the string you want without having to pluck as hard as you would have to if you had a thin pick.
What do you want your music to sound like?
When you go to a music store to get your guitar picks, the best thing you can do is pick up a guitar and different types of picks with different materials.
For example, pick one with metal, nylon, rubber, celluloid, etc.
Once you pick some, grab a guitar and play around with them.
Listen to the ones you like and don’t like, and when you find some that you like, then you have found the ones you should buy.
Normally, metal guitar picks will be more expensive than the rubber and plastic ones because they are worth more.
Metal guitar picks are usually used for guitar picking, but not rhythm; rubber and plastic picks are the ones you would want for rhythm playing.
Dark or light?
As a beginning guitar player, it is overwhelming to walk into a store and see all these different types of picks with different characteristics.
Generally, if you want a darker sound, get a thicker pick because the sound will create a dark and deep sound.
If you prefer a lighter sound, you want a thinner pick because it will resonate a happy and bright sound.
No matter what kind of guitar you have or what kind of music you want to play, choosing your guitar picks is one of the best parts because you get to decide what colors, materials, shape, and weight you want.
So go to your local music store, pick up a guitar and get to know what kind of musician you are!