#1
Does pick size affect speed?

Like with a Jazz III pick you're able to gain speed faster than a bigger pick, or it's about practicing with the pick you feel more comfortable with?

In the beginning ( lol Bible quote), I used a Jazz III but I sweat a lot and the pick is small so it tends to slide from my finger.
Recently I tried using a Tortex or a Firestone which are bigger than the Jazz III, and I felt more comfortable.

Should I use these picks or should I try to practice more with the Jazz III?


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#2
Comfort's more important than anything. I usually use a .73 Tortex, and if it needs to be a little more rigid for tremolo picking or whatnot, I choke it off and it's just fine.
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#3
Why use a thinner pick that feels uncomfortable just because it's "built" for speed? Use the pick that works for you, and then learn to increase your playability with that. Don't conform your playing to predetermined gear. Any pick can play fast.

#4
I use a 1mm Tortex Jazz III and im quite comfortable with them and i wouldnt get on as well with anything else, they give me the attack that i want and i like the ridgidity of it. It's also still grippy enough. Just buy lots of different shapes and sizes untill you find what you like.
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#5
Thank you for your help
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#6
i use 3 types:
Blues and fast jazz; red Jazz III's
Rock/metal/whatever: the green .80mm tortex dunlops, occasionally the pupple 2.0 mm ones.
jazz and pretty acoustic guitar shizz: timber tones wooden picks. they improve sound tenfold (imo). and theyre about 3mm thick

im very much into what is suited for each style: the jazz iii's help me play fast licks, but i wouldnt want to wear one down quickly by playing metal, whereas the rock ones i mentioned are good for that. the wooden ones sound great, but cant handle any shredding or they wear down.
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#7
I find that using a teardrop pick makes me more accurate during solo and improv, but they're miserable for playing hard-hitting riffs full of chords (traditional and power)
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#8
All the cool kids play steel picks.
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#9
.73 mm any pick of that size is de br00tlz
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#10
I pretty much just play super thin picks, because all picks medium to thick just don't feel right, and I hate the sound I get with them. I like the bright sound of a thin pick. Just my preference though.
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#11
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I pretty much just play super thin picks, because all picks medium to thick just don't feel right, and I hate the sound I get with them. I like the bright sound of a thin pick. Just my preference though.

i prefer thin picks for acoustic though

yep, good ol' thin acoustic picking
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#12
I use super thin picks (.40mm) for electric guitar because I like the fragile, jangly sound they make
#13
1.14mm Dunlop Sharps. Because I like having accuracy. They wear down quick though. :/
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#14
i find the heavier the pick the faster but i pick really shitstorm hard. usually 3.0-4.0
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#15
If you find that the standard Jazz III is good in terms of thickness and shape but too small then seek out the jazz III XL, it's exactly the same as the jazz III in every way but size.
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#16
I use 1.14 Utlex sharps on my electrics and when I played acoustic I used Fender thins.
#17
I tried one of those Jazz III picks once and it didn't do anything for me at all.
I was like "This is what everybody is always raving about? I don't get it."
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#18
2.0 mm Dunlop Big Stubbies. The are the faster pick I've every used when it comes to alternate picking.....not so good for strumming...
#19
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I tried one of those Jazz III picks once and it didn't do anything for me at all.
I was like "This is what everybody is always raving about? I don't get it."

Same here. Then I tried a Dunlop .73 Nylon Standard.

#20
I use Jazz III, I think that the more comfortable you are with your pick the faster you can play. I like the Jazz III's because I like that you have more control over the pick. Now whenever I play with the normal size picks I used to use (dunlop .88) it feels like to much pick, and I myself have a hard time to get a good grip, and be comfortable with it. So I stick to the Jazz III's now.
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#21
try these Dunlop teardrop picks


They're like the regular tortex and the Jazz III combined. They're small but dont slip easily cuz of the material and sharper than a regular tortex but not as much as the Jazz III.

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#22
Used Jazz III's for a long time then switched off to fender medium teardrop picks. I find they are more accurate and I like the tone better.
#23
Dunlop stubbies for me, the big fat purple ones

Love them for picking and I get a nice strum out of them too. Not a fan of the 1mm blue tortex ones, they are alright but the stubbies are the shit
#24
You might like the Jazz III XL version, i've been using the small Jazz picks for a long time. But i've been liking the XL version alot because of the larger surface.
#25
I use the jazz 3 ultex and tortexs and I love them to death.
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#26
Depends on the tuning. I use .96's in Drop D, but I need 1.14's for Drop C. Acoustic I'll use whatever, and bass I use the 3mm Big Stubbies.
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#27
i dont know what for lead, didnt experiment enough but for rythm i use the medium light(green) dunlop gel
#28
Use the picks that feels best in your fingers, try different thickness and materials until you find the one that gives you the feel and tone you are looking for.

I've used Dunlops .96mm for a long time but a couple of weeks ago i bought an Ibanez Paul Gilbert signature pick just for fun and fell in love with it. 1mm, really pointy and size between normal Dunlops and Jazz III.
#29
Good question. I think that if you initially use a pick that is a different size than what you are accustomed to using, then this will throw your playing off. Like going from big to small will mean that you will start dropping the pick. BUT eventually when you get accustomed to the pick size, then you will become comfortable and your speed will naturally improve.

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#30
i just use those green tortex ones. i think they are .73 mm, or they could be 1mm i forgot.

unfortunately all the ones i can find the markings are rubbed off of em.
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