Guitar pick madness...help!

Hi everyone

So here is my problem. Medium pick? Heavy pick? Small pick ? Triangle pick? I constantly change picks in search of the pick of destiny. One day the Jazz lll is my favorite then the next it’s a 3.0 Stubby. The next day I’ll go back to the ole orange 60mm tortex or Kikos 1.14 mm. I just can’t settle on a darn pick! It seems that each has its advantages and disadvantages. Constantly switching picks is probably hurting my technique as I have to adjust each time I change.

Does anyone else have this problem or any advice on how to choose one pick and stick to it? Thx.

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Personally I am all about these kinds of more pointed picks:

I play metal so these need to be thick, but not like playing with a chunk of wood. :slight_smile:

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I used to be that guy who forgot to bring a pick to rehearsal so I pretty much conditioned myself to use any pick that I can find as long as it’s thick enough …
Long story short, sorry I can’t help as I am not picky about picks :wink:

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I’ve always used 1.14mm. These ones specifically https://amzn.to/3jCYyBD
As soon as they start to flatten on the edge (usually around a week or so of playing) I’ll throw it out and grab a new one.

I’ve never been able to figure out how to use a triangle pick. :joy:

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I’ve tried a lot of picks, but I’m using only these two ones: I love the black one because it’s not too big for my hand, it’s heavy, pretty thick and pointed and has a really great grip, it’s very comfortable for me and I use it constantly and almost for everything. I choose the other one, thinner and softer, only for strumming or playing “jazzy” things because I like the nice clear sound it produces.

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It is totally fine to use different picks. Just use the one that you feel suits you better at a given moment.

In my case I’m married to just one pick though.

But I know many guitar players use different ones.

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I often switch picks myself for shape and thickness. It may be in my head but if I feel a pick isn’t working for me at the moment I start digging through my jar for one that makes me feel better… and eventually the cycle will repeat.
I will use everything from .77 up to 3.0 but lately I’ve been sticking with a flow 1.0, maybe it’s the one that will stick around a while (I doubt it) lol.

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A little late to the conversation but I used to use very thick picks and now gravitate to .77 picks.
Available here are the Cat Tongue brand picks. They have a cat tongue like tooth to them so they don’t slip.
Also read recently that Paul Gilbert used very heavy picks and now uses very thin picks. He says the picking is smoother as the pick doesn’t get caught up in the strings. Better pick slides as well.

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The sound I get is a big driver for pick choice. The thickness I prefer is heavy because of less drag on strings.

I have used so many picks over time as long as they are heavy and have a decent point I am good. I don’t think much further than that.

Randy

I would tend to think that switching picks is a good thing as long as you stay in the hard/medium range. Because It forces you to adapt each time and be more careful. I’m personally more comfortable with the same pick… But I often lose them when I travel or move too much during the week.
I lost one this summer and had to play with a penny for a whole week… I thought “Brian May did it, so why not me?” :rofl: as if it was that easy to do like Brian May lol

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Ha ha I did the penny thing too lol. Loved raking quarters on the strings at first …when I did not break my strings

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It’s all personal opinion. If you can’t decide, you haven’t found the right one yet.

I can practice with anything, even a coin, but my absolute favorite that gives me the feel I like is a Jazz III Tortex 1.5mm. I feel like I can absolutely rip with these. I like the tactile feedback I get. I know when that pick has gone through the string and it doesn’t feel or sound mushy or scratchy. It feels very precise.

I also play with Jazz III .88s and 1.0s.

I keep a bunch of Tortex Dunlop Flow picks of various thickness in a big bin for when I want to change it up. They are a lot bigger than the Jazz III’s but I like them as well. I just always seem to end up with a jazz III in my hand before I’m done practicing.

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