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post Sep 14 2009, 10:24 PM
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I'm pretty particular about picks and I've finally found one where the pick is not holding me back the slightest bit from playing the best, most accurate, and fastest as I can.
If you've heard of the Cool picks line it's one of them. It's a Cool Pick Clear Skin Grip Beta-Carb. It is supposed to be a purer form of the Dunlop Ultex pick. If you see them at a music shop or online store i would suggest getting the thinnest version at 0.6 mm because the thinnest allows you to slice your pick up and down through the strings it's just unbelievable. Just thought I would inform you guys about them. Here is an ebay link to a person who sells http://cgi.ebay.com/10-Cool-Picks-Clear-Sk...p3286.m20.l1116 you will not be disappointed if you try them. biggrin.gif

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post Sep 14 2009, 10:31 PM
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Thin is great for strumming easily but you may find better results playing individual notes with a thicker pick. You can still strum with thicker picks as well, just takes some re-learning.


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post Sep 14 2009, 10:42 PM
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QUOTE (jafomatic @ Sep 14 2009, 05:31 PM) *
Thin is great for strumming easily but you may find better results playing individual notes with a thicker pick. You can still strum with thicker picks as well, just takes some re-learning.

I have experimented with thick picks for a while and have personally found that thicker picks don't allow you to slice through the strings that much because they always get caught on the strings when vertically alternate picking. You know Paul Gilbert uses 0.6 Orange Tortex if I remember correctly so it is possible. That's just my preference though.


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post Sep 14 2009, 10:43 PM
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from the name im having an educated guess you are a slash and gnr fan.
playing those slash solos, youd really get better results with a thick pick, common ones are big stubby or jazz 3.
i recommend from personal experience the jazz 3, it takes some getting used to but now i cant do without it


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post Sep 14 2009, 10:46 PM
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QUOTE (vampire18 @ Sep 14 2009, 05:43 PM) *
from the name im having an educated guess you are a slash and gnr fan.
playing those slash solos, youd really get better results with a thick pick, common ones are big stubby or jazz 3.
i recommend from personal experience the jazz 3, it takes some getting used to but now i cant do without it

what exactly do you mean by you get better results? do you mean tonality or just speed-wise or something else?


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post Sep 14 2009, 10:52 PM
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For individual notes you'll fight against the pick a lot less with a thick one. Also, for strumming with a pick one you certainly can do it but it requires, as I said, adjustment. You don't keep the pick parallel to the guitar body if it's thick, for example.

I played with thin picks for years, then mediums, then thick ones. I experienced massive increase in precision each time.


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post Sep 14 2009, 11:00 PM
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Speaking of picks and speed, I've been using the V-pick, medium pointed. I really like the tone it gives on the acoustic, so I've been using that on electric. However, I've read on this site that most players feel like a thicker pick is better for speed. I'm doubting this for myself, or maybe the V-pick is TOO thick? Speed is my goal now, and I'm wondering if the V-pick is hampering my progress. Thoughts?

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post Sep 14 2009, 11:07 PM
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No matter which thickness you use, no matter which shape you prefer, you're not going to attack the strings in the same exact way if you're picking individual notes as you will for strumming. Your grip, the inclination of the pick's point, the angle of the the pick's flat sides, all of these things may need to change based on what you're trying to play and the thickness.

A thin pick, if you're hoping to "shred," that is flexible and awesome for strumming, is not as clear of an attack when playing individual notes. You might even start using a third finger to stabilize it and that is also a potential hindrance to your technique.



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post Sep 15 2009, 12:24 PM
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Pick choice IS individual thing
but yeah, thick ones are also great for playing, specially single note playing
in solos as Jafo mentioned, you get better attack and articulation
with less effort imo.
You mentioned Paul Gilbert and his choice tho.
Paul is a great player but his choice doesn't have to be best for you,
you need to experiment more imo,
even change gauge here and there.
Personally, I change gauge pretty often
depending of what kind of music I play atm.

edit: typo.....as always biggrin.gif

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post Sep 15 2009, 12:31 PM
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I fully agree with jafomatic.

I used Jazz III picks for a long time and a couple of months ago I moved to Big Stubby 2.0mm (thickier).
Now I was experimenting and up to a certain speed I prefer Big Stubby 2.0mm and over that speed I prefer Big stubby 3.0 mm (even thickier).
I would not be surprised if going on more speed I would change my choice again.

I think the overall feel depends a lot on how strongly you hold the pick and angle, so there is a lot of personal preference there, as Muris said.

When I am strumming acoustic, I just love fender medium... But I am ok with strumming with Big stubby as well.


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post Sep 15 2009, 12:45 PM
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Great that you found a perfect pick. I need a versatile pick as well, since I play lot of strumming, but I do play leads as well, so the pick must be just the right balance. I have a bunch of picks here, all kinds, depending what needs to be played, so there is no "perfect" pick for everything. I would like tho to have 1000 picks right now that are perfect, but it's very unlikely to find a perfect one that can serve for any purpose. I tend to circle between 0.96-1.2 thickness often.


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