Using a Guitar Pick

by Ben Higgins

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  • Welcome to the 2nd lesson in this unique beginner's course. In this lesson, you will become acquainted with the guitar pick, also known as a plectrum. This humble piece of plastic (sometimes other materials such as metal or tortoise shell) is perhaps the second most important piece of equipment after the guitar itself.

    Of course, there are players that use just their fingers and thumb but the reason you're starting this course is because you eventually want to shred, right? And for that, you're going to want to master the use of the pick. So, watch the videos and you will learn about the following:

    VIDEO 1 - Pick size / thickness and how it affects guitar playing & tone
    VIDEO 2 - How to hold the pick
    VIDEO 3 - Problems you encounter from a faulty pick grip
    VIDEO 4 - Downstrokes & Upstrokes applied to all strings
    VIDEO 5 - Downstrokes & Upstrokes applied to single strings

    This might not seem like a lot to take in but believe me, it is enough to try to get your head around at the very beginning. Getting things right at this stage will make things SO much easier for you to progress. Don't worry about becoming Yngwie Malmsteen overnight. Instead, enjoy these early stages of development as you get to laugh at the pick falling out of your hands, strings plonking tunelessly and the new awkward movements you're teaching yourself. This is all part of the journey and you don't want to rush through it! We all had to go through it too! So relax, sit back and let me introduce you to the guitar pick.

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