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  • The size of your flat pick matters!

    Posted by Cadgirl on March 20, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Small win today. I have been working on my strumming and I picked up a thinner pick than I usually use. WOW what a different. I could actually hold onto the pick without it twirling around in my grip. And my strums sounded much better. Downloaded some easier songs (Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone and The Gambler) and strummed away. So if you are having issues with using a flat pick, select a different size. Might be all you need.

    johnny67 replied 2 years ago 7 Members · 11 Replies
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  • stevieblues

    Member
    March 20, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Congratulations on your picking win Cadgirl! I’ll have to give a thin pick a try for strumming.

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      March 21, 2022 at 3:48 am

      @stevieblues , I bought a Washburn Rover travel guitar over an auction site. It had a small bag with an assortment of different size picks in it. I wish that it had the size of the pick printed on them but a much better feel and sound when I’m playing.

  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    March 20, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Hi @Cadgirl : one of the best thin picks I found for strumming was the Jim Dunlop .60mm Nylon. Takes some of the pick to string sound out but still provides flex. Best of all they are inexpensive.

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      March 21, 2022 at 3:52 am

      @jumpinjeff , I was using Dunlop but they are 1.14mm. Next time I go to the guitar store i’m getting thinning. I think Dunlop has an assortment pack. That would be the way to go. Thanks, the thinner pick looked to be half the thickness of the picks I was using.

      • jumpinjeff

        Member
        March 21, 2022 at 3:19 pm

        just make sure the assortment pack has “Nylon” in it. Dunlop makes Derlin and Tortex and Ultex but the Nylon has the most give with the least noise when it gets down in the thinner thicknesses (weird phrase). There is enough stiffness where I feel I don’t loose any accuracy with the trade off being softer sound meaning it takes more effort to create volume.

  • Loraine

    Member
    March 20, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Great win @Cadgirl . I use a .6 for strumming. Makes all the difference.

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      March 21, 2022 at 3:53 am

      @Loraine , thanks, @jumpinjeff just told me the same that he uses .60mm. I’m definitely switching.

      • Skyman

        Member
        March 21, 2022 at 8:00 pm

        I’ve tried all types and thicknesses, and still try different ones. It seems like I always end up with the Dunlop Tortex .58 thickness pick for strumming. Flexible enough, but also makes nice string sound. FWIW.

  • ScottishMegan

    Member
    March 22, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Great to hear you’re having success with thinner picks! I always enjoyed strumming with thin ones and am now trying to wean myself off them and work my way up to thicker ones. Having a lot of fun trying out different brands, sizes and shapes.

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      March 22, 2022 at 9:05 am

      Thanks @ScottishMegan Next time to the guitar store, i’ll be picking up an assortment pack. I’m sure they all have there place.

  • johnny67

    Member
    March 23, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Nice win , finding the right pick is a game changer. Sometime a certain pick for a certain result makes a difference as well!!

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