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Electric guitar picks come in two basic types: steel and wood. The first is hollow, and the other is solid. Hollow guitar picks tend to be less comfortable than solid ones. To compensate for this, electric guitarists will use more finger weight or put more pressure on their fingers, to play faster and more melodically. The reason is that the hollow guitar picks are harder to hold than solid ones.
There are many different thicknesses of electric guitar picks. You will have to decide which one best suits your playing style and what sounds best for you. Generally, the thicker the pick, the harder it is to hold. Most electric guitar picks have three different thicknesses: medium, thin, and extra-thick. I personally like a thicker pick as I find it easier to control.
The first three thicknesses of electric guitar picks are commonly referred to as "stingers." One drawback to the stings is they can be quite bulky. Some players favor the thicker versions because of the additional control they offer. Thicker picks are also easier to learn to handle and hold because they generally don't have that "pingy" sound that some nylon picks have. I like the thinner versions because I can press down on the strings much easier, enabling me to create faster and smoother tone changes.
Next, there are the "gravity picks." These are useful for a beginner guitarist who hasn't yet developed a great deal of technique. The difference between the two is that gravity picks are lighter weight and easier to hold. In addition, gravity picks allow the guitarist to strike the strings at a faster pace and also allows them to produce a wider range of tones. I personally prefer the medium-density ones for beginners because they are easier to manage, and I find them to be the best picks for beginning playing.
Also among the different picks that guitarists encounter are the half-shafts, the full shanks, the flatwounds, the rosinners, the tapered, and the tapered, rounded picks. Each one of these has its own particular benefits and disadvantages, which I will outline below. All three of these picks come in either hollow rubber soles or solid rubber soles. Some of the advantages associated with these types of guitar picks are as follows:
o If you're an acoustic guitar player, then I would highly recommend the fender 350 heavy. The fender has made two different shapes of guitar picks. The first shape is the "heavy" one that's great for playing fast rock songs. The "light" version is what I call the "medium density" one, which is ideal for playing smooth jazz chords and starting acoustic. Playing with the fender is similar to playing with a large barre chord, but it's easier to master since it uses so many different shapes.
o Electric guitar picks that are recommended by me are the black ice picks and the rosinners. These types of picks are perfect for playing lead riffs and tapping. If you're playing the lead, then it's best to use one of the two rosiners and a black ice pick. The black ice picks are great because they are made from rubber, and they're very smooth. Another great advantage about these types of electric guitar picks is that they're one piece. That means that you don't have to remove them during a performance.
o Most beginners start off using the regular strings shapes. But eventually, as they get more experience, they will want to try out some of the other guitar picks. This is totally normal. But it might be a good idea to stick with the basic strings shapes for the time being until you've gotten better. When you think you're ready, then you can go out and buy your own custom ones. It's always better to have more than one guitar pick.