CHOOSE A PICK THAT WILL HELP YOU INSTEAD OF HURT YOU
A very fat pick with a well-rounded tip is the best tool you can invest in if you want to build your picking skills to a very high level. Picks like these enable you to get away with a higher degree of inaccuracies, which again means more progress faster.
Whenever you are faced with a larger challenge you might find it useful to look for a way to:
- Divide the challenge up into smaller challenges
- Decrease the size of the challenge
Using a thick pick with a rounded tip will decrease the size of the challenge, allowing for faster results, more enthusiasm and motivation.
THE TWO STAGES OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Any technique is developed in two main stages: First the developmental stage where you build the actual raw skill or technique and then the refinement stage where you create the ability to control your sound even very high picking speeds.
Choosing the right tool for each stage can be crucial. If you start out with a very sharp pick, the challenge of building the basis of your technique will be huge. Thereby increasing the likelihood of you getting frustrated and impatient many times. And, there is no good reason to make it harder on yourself than absolutely necessary.
Here’s an old and very dear friend of mine:
This is the pick I used during the two years I really focused on developing my picking technique. It not only has a thickness of two millimeters and a rounded tip, it’s also very slick and slides across the strings with a minimum of surface resistance. There are other picks that will do the same for you, but now you can pick this up at the store and both see and feel what I mean.
“Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything”