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How to Choose the Right Guitar Pick

How to Choose the Right Guitar Pick

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Finding the right plectrum, as it was originally called (and still is in the UK), is a very personal endeavor. The genre of music you play, as well as your individual playing style, are both factors to consider when selecting your pick. And, I would be remiss not to mention the most important criterion of all, which would be the intangible qualities of what sounds the best for your playing style, and what simply feels the best in your hand while playing. The following suggestions for choosing your guitar pick are simply that—suggestions and, as with many things in music, there is more than one way to skin a cat. The only way to truly know if you like a pick or not is to play guitar with it, but, hopefully, this guide will point you in the right direction when you’re first getting started.


The most common materials that you’ll see guitar picks made from today are celluloid, nylon, and Delrin. Celluloid is the most flexible and yields a bright sound. Nylon has a bit of a softer feel and darker tone, but it doesn’t break quite as easily as celluloid, and tends to be a bit easier to grip. Delrin is the hardest of the three and is designed to mimic the feel and sound of tortoiseshell, which was a popular material no longer in use today. Delrin will offer the sharpest and most pronounced attack of the three, physically and sonically, and, for some people, is easier to grip versus celluloid or nylon. In addition to other types of plastic, there are other less-common materials in use today, such as metal, which you’ll find used for specialized picks such as finger picks for fingerstyle guitar playing.

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