#1
Curious what people recommend for picks, and how much of a difference it makes? I think I've mostly been using medium gauge, but these were all free picks and I find at times they like "flap" against the strings if I strum quickly making a lot of "ticking" sounds that aren't so great.

Figure on buying some decent picks since I've been playing for a while and they aren't that pricey, but can't remember what the difference is between light medium and hard, nor do I know of any specific brand/style that might be good. So any advice/info appreciated thanks!
#2
i like ernie ball heavies. they're made of nylon and a stiffer than a medium but not super thick either.
#3
Jim Dunlop Jazz III


Jim Dunlop Stubbies


No way they'll 'fap' on your strings.
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#4
Under 1mm is generally for strumming chords. 1 - 2mm is for picking, as they're sturdier for that; and 2 - 3mm is for a warmer jazz tone. You can get metal picks for a really hard, bright sound.

They're pretty much all just lumps of plastic, but some have ribbed or matted sides for increased grip. Dunlop Jazz III's are revered by shredders.
#7
You pretty much have to try them out on your own and see what feels most comfortable for you. The rules of thumb are a decent starting point, but depending on how you hold your pick and what you play, it can be very different.