Guitar pick is one of important tool that a guitarist needs to have and use. Although there are also many guitarists that use fingerstyle play, but guitar pick can give them variation for producing the sound that they like. And, this is worked on guitarist that use acoustic or electric guitar. However, if you also want to try to use the guitar pick to find the sound that you like, choosing the right guitar pick is important thing to do. For that reason, here are few tips you can use to choose the guitar pick for your play.
Choosing Right Thickness
There are 5 different thicknesses you can find. So, choose one that perfectly matches with your guitar play, will help you to get the sound that you want. Here are the types.
Extra thin (less than 0.45 mm) – good choice for playing acoustic guitar.
Thin (0.46 mm – 0.70 mm) – good choice for strumming on acoustic guitar. Therefore, if you play rhythm guitar, this guitar pick is your best choice.
Medium (0.71 mm – 0.84 mm) – good choice for beginner and can be used for electric (rhythm) and acoustic guitar.
Heavy (0.85 mm – 1.20 mm) – good choice for electric guitar player and lead guitar style.
Extra heavy (more than 1.20 mm) – good choice for lead guitar style and electric guitar. This thickness will produce smoother and clean sound than other.
Choosing the Material
Actually, there are many different materials you can find, from plastic to metal. But, most guitar pick use plastic as its main material. The other materials that you also can find are Celluloid, Nylon, Xylonite and DuPont Delrin. If we have to choose the best one, it would be difficult. Every guitarist has their own preferences for the material for the guitar pick that they use. But, you can use these things to choose the material for your guitar pick:
The durability – if you plan to use your guitar pick for aggressive play, you may need to choose the high durability guitar pick, such as Nylon or DuPont Delrin. Both of them are better than Celluloid or plastic material.
Comfort – it depends on how you feel when you touch it. Some material has smooth surface, while other has rougher surface, which will give you more grip, if you play fast.
The sound – each material can produce different sound. Therefore, before you choose and buy it, try it first and feel the different, as well as find the sound that you like.
The Style and Design
Most of guitar picks use design like triangle with rounded edge or water drop shape. This style and design is the best choice for playing both electric and acoustic guitar. However, there are also other style and designs. Basically, there is no rule about the best style or design for your guitar pick. Just choose the guitar pick that fit with your finger and easy to hold. And for the appearance part, you can free to choose and even make your own design.