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It's true. Acoustic guitar picks can make the difference between a good time, and a great time, to practice hard, and simply strumming along like a fool. There is an art to playing the acoustic guitar and picking the strings with the right techniques. If you aren't sure how to pick the strings, you could always hire a tutor, but what fun is that?
So, what is so important about picking? To start, you need to have a well-balanced guitar. In other words, you need to be able to strike the strings with the right precision and the right amount of brightness. You can only do this if you have a well-balanced instrument. Well, you could just spend a fortune on overly expensive picks which you hardly see any enjoyment in, or you could look at acoustic fender picks (pun intended).
Fender picks are made of a variety of materials. One of the most common is nylon, which provide a nice warm tone, and a bit of a bright tone as well. The bright tone is often achieved by using a synthetic material which reacts to the warmth from the strings. The advantage of this is that the guitar player can vary the intensity of the sound of the string with less strain on the instrument. Unfortunately, nylon is also highly susceptible to snagging and tearing.
Acoustic guitar picks may be made of steel, plastic, or a combination of all three. These materials provide different options. Some are stiffer, some are more flexible, some are more shaped, and some are smoother, making them more pleasant to grip and play with. If you are a sweaty fingers type, you may find that the shape of the pick helps provide a bit of dampness between your finger and the fret board so that the fingers don't slide down too easily, especially if the strings are sharp.
Different types of picks are also available, each of them offering differing features, as well as differences in the way that they are used. Some are shaped like a wedge, with the end of the stick being short. This allows for greater control, as well as giving the guitarist a wider range of movement when they are holding the stick in their fingers. Others have a round tip and are often used with the index and middle fingers.
Acoustic guitar picks are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Some are tapered, and have a large "bite" size. Other picks are tapered in a more natural fashion, increasing in diameter and becoming less pointed as the end of the stick gets closer to the fret board. A third option is shaped like a hollow cylinder and has a wide variety of different shapes available. You can even get ones shaped like plastic swords!
Many picks will come with a humbucker, which is a single-coil pick. A single-coil humbucker can be adjusted to offer either a bright snap or a deeper tone, with the control of the individual note. Some humbucker pickups also have a floating action, so that the guitar player can press down on the string to produce a richer sound and use all of the notes from the single coil without hitting another single note.
Acoustic guitars also come in a variety of shapes. The most common shape is the round-neck guitar, but some guitars have a few other shapes as well. For example, Fender's signature Stratocaster, which has a slightly curved neck, has a large round pick shape. Some acoustic guitars are made with flared edges, others have a concave shape, while some use the traditional round "E" shape pick.