#1
is there something wrong with my picking technique?
i buy a new batch of plaectrums (dunlop tortex, i'm not sure what .mm, the green ones)
and within a month or so i've worn them down already.

is it my technique or is it the plectrums themselves?

none of my friends who play have this problem, so i'm thinking its my technique.

any advice/comments appreciated.
#2
you must be playing very very hard. do you snap the higher strings often? or perhaps you aren't picking perpendicular (straight at) to the strings meaning the lower strings would have a sanding effect on the plectrums, but iwouldn't think this would be so effective as to wear away a pick so quickly
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#3
maybe get some thicker picks?

the green tortex are 0.88mm so maybe try some thicker ones like 1mm or somthing
#4
Well dont pick so hard and playing with the tips of the plectrum is actually a better method andi can see how that would blunt them but hey
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#8
I wouldn't worry about it too much. You just have a pretty agressive playing style it seems. A plectrum lasts me about a week but I go through 2 in a 30 minute live set just because I'm playing harder.
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#9
Oh I see you guys are from across the pond, is that the common term over there?
#10
i do snap strings more then the average player i guess. but i've been playing for over three years, i'm gonna find it pretty hard to get out of this habit of playing hard.
i dont think i'd wanna use heavier picks because i'm more likely to snap strings that way.
#11
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does it make you feel less intelligent to say pick? i vary between saying plectrums and picks, who really gives a damn?

you could try a thicker gauge of strings, it doesn't take very long to adjust to them. maybe a week or 2
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#12
i used to go through normal plastic ones really quick but then i got some dunlop nylon picks. The black ones i think they are 1 mm. They hardly wear down at all. my biggest problem is losing them now
#13
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Yeah, it's the one most people use ^^
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#14
I have the same problem even though i use 1mm dunlop picks, they end up worn away to nothing after a month or 2. What wears them away more than anything is the fact that i turn the pick sideways when i tremolo pick which wears them extra fast
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#15
it just happens picks wear out its part of like buy another bag and go on with it. A bag of picks a month is pretty normal for me
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#16
I have used the same pick for the last year... It is however a 3mm big stubby, I should be set for life with just this one pick .
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I have used the same pick for the last year... It is however a 3mm big stubby, I should be set for life with just this one pick .

I love them for playing acoustic, it really brightens up your tone, i never thought a pick could make such a dramatic difference to your tone! I keep losing mine though because they are so small!
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