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Offline MPetten

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Pick thickness
« on: July 16, 2017, 04:27:35 pm »
So I know thickness makes a difference when it comes to picks. And Justin recommends 0.38 or 0.43 to start. I had some 0.73 from my earlier attempts to learn and some match pick 0.88 (no idea where they came from). I haven't tried the 0.88 but have used the 0.73. I'm only on stage 2. Is it ok to stick with the 0.73? And I'm not sure if it matters but I'm learning on an Ibanez Gart60 electric with Ernie Ball Cobalt Super Slinky (9-42) strings. Thanks in advance
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2017, 04:35:19 pm »
I'm not sure, I've stuck with 0.60 and I'm on stage 8. I've tried a slightly thicker pick on my acoustic but I can't seem to get to grips with anything thicker on my electric just yet

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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2017, 05:05:17 pm »
If you can use them OK then carry on, all thinner picks do is make it a bit easier to strum but they do click more.
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2017, 06:53:17 pm »
Hi,
No expert on this end, but have been toying around with guitar for many years.  :-\

I use a NYLON Jim Dunlop .073mm. That will play differently than a regular (celluloid) material plectrum as I find those stiffer. But yeah if you're getting along ok on the .073 then I would stick with it until you feel it might be too floppy. That day may never come and you may settle in on the .073.

It may be your a step ahead already being on that thickness! Also if you need a little more floppiness out of your present pick you can hold it a bit looser and possibly expose more pick to the strings. If you need a firmer pick, possibly hold it in your fingers closer down to the tip. In the last example I am thinking of solo work or perhaps picking individual strings.

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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2017, 09:48:19 pm »
Thanks everyone for the input. I seem to be making out ok. Maybe I'll just pick up a few of various sizes to try out.
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2017, 10:38:28 pm »
Yeah, try every thickness you can find. I believe many Dunlop picks are offered anywhere from 0.38mm to 1.14mm or something like that.

I was given some thicker picks by a former forum member and really couldn't get along with them at first. The more I played with them, the easier it became.

So if you feel you're up for it, go for it. :)
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 11:24:38 pm »
Don't think I'm ready for thicker but may go a little thinner just to see how they feel. The 0.73 were just ones I had lying around rather than feeling ready haha. Like I said I think I'm handling them ok but I'm only a beginner on stage 2 so I could be wrong.
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2017, 12:55:58 am »
Buy some variety packs, separate them by thickness, then do the same practice part (strum the same chord/transition etc.) with the thicknesses you want to try. I didn't care for thinner picks when I started, the clicking drove me insane, but was surprised by some of the .80s I tried.

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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2017, 03:23:56 am »
I'll pick up some lighter picks tomorrow after work. They're cheap so no big deal
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2017, 05:37:10 am »
I started using a light pick a couple of days ago as I lost all my decent medium ones. I found that I had to adjust my picking and strumming a great deal for the lighter. Now I turned my amp up by quite a bit and feel that I get a much better tone and "feel" because of my heightened awareness and floppiness of the pick. Definitely worth a try! Or maybe I'm imagining things..


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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2017, 06:40:34 am »
You're not imagining things. The pick - one of the few things that actually physically touches the strings - makes a huge difference.
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2017, 08:05:37 am »
I had always used nylon .73, some time ago I tried out different types and for now settled on cellulloid .60 as my favorite.
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2017, 01:59:55 pm »
I tried out a 0.6mm tortex I'm really liking. Dont know if I like it better than the 0.73mm nylons I was using but it is different. I find my strumming is cleaner.
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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2017, 12:11:20 am »
Just buy a variety pack of picks, I believe Dunlop has them.  Just play with them all and you'll find one that works for you

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Re: Pick thickness
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2017, 10:36:59 pm »
I picked up a bunch. At 50 cents each no big deal. I settled on the 0.60 tortex as one I liked best for now of the half dozen I picked up. Might switch again lol
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