#1
Improved speed? Or tone? How exactly is it more desirable than a regular not-so-pointy pick?
#2
i like how they feel and make my playing more articulate but really its personal preference
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#3
Different picks will get you slightly different tones. The thinner ones in my experience are more suited for strumming because they make a certain sound when leaving the string that I don't like to hear when picking individual notes. Thicker picks are easier to play faster with because they aren't flimsy. Pointier ones grab the string more than rounded ones. It's all about personal preference. I use both medium-hard fender picks and dunlop Jazz III's.
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#4
I find their shape and size make pinch harmonics and alt picking easier. Also I just prefer the feel of small thick sharp pointy picks.
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#5
Jazz picks are essentially designed for precision, meaning they allow you to use precise strikes on the string. So, if you need to play fast, you use a Jazz pick. Or if you need to play your notes articulately, you use a Jazz pick. I don't strum...well, at all. So, it's better for me to use a Jazz pick.
#6
It puts the point where you want it exactly, and the the thicker design makes notes ring louder.
#7
the only disadvantage i've noticed to using pointy small picks is that it makes strumming big chords a little harder. but even then you can practice to the point where it feels natural. the thickness is a preference thing that affects feel and tone.
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#9
I've never been able to comfortably hold a regular pick the "right" way. When I finally started using Jazz IIIs, I was able to hold the pick without it getting caught on the strings and not feeling awkward (I'd always used the edge of the pick and not the tip). They improved my palm muted tripplets signifantly and just overall made me a cleaner player.
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#10
i personally prefer jazz picks because they improve speed for me, but i like to wear the pick down alot, brand new picks arnt very easy to use to me.
#11
I find they feel alot better, fit my fingers so to speak. I always held my picks as close to the tip as possible, so when I found jazz picks I switched right away. They also have better attack than standard picks in my opinion.
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i personally prefer jazz picks because they improve speed for me, but i like to wear the pick down alot, brand new picks arnt very easy to use to me.


i feel this way too! fresh jazz IIIs seem to catch onto strings especially hard. but after a bit of heavy handed playing, they're the best picks i could ask for.
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#13
A thing you need to learn as soon as possible is that everything that has to do with being a guitarist, or a musician really, is subjective.

With that in mind, ask again "How exactly is it more desirable than a regular not-so-pointy pick?". The answer should come clearly to you. It's not necessarily more desirable. Many players use Jazz III's exclusively, and won't use anything else - just as many refuse to use them.

So instead of asking why they're better, you should try them and figure out for yourself if they're better for you.
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#14
I'm not a huge fan of Jazz III's. They're just TOO thick. I play much better with a .60mm Tortex. HOWEVER -- I use Jazz III's 90% of the time because the damn things never wear out. I've had the same one going strong for almost a year, while the Tortex's wear out after one or two shows.
#15
I pretty much agree with everone but ill just say once I started using Jazz III's, I couldn't use regular picks anymore. They are worth the change if you play a lot of fast picking stuff, but there actualy is kind of a difference in tone. For better and worse depending on what your playing.
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I'm not a huge fan of Jazz III's. They're just TOO thick. I play much better with a .60mm Tortex. HOWEVER -- I use Jazz III's 90% of the time because the damn things never wear out. I've had the same one going strong for almost a year, while the Tortex's wear out after one or two shows.

man I've had my tortex jazz for quite a few months, I shred it up every day, and it's still not worn out.