How To Hold A Guitar Pick

You don't have to use a guitar pick, but I recommend that you do. :) It may be challenging at first, but I guarantee: it'll help you out in the long run. In this lesson, we'll learn how to hold a guitar pick properly and which guitar pick is the best option for you!

Later on in your journey, you'll decide if you prefer using a pick or your fingers to strum the guitar. But be aware: there are different ways of strumming a guitar without a pick.

 

The Best Pick for Beginners

You should start your guitar journey with a very thin pick – as thin as you can find! Thinner picks are flexible and don't get tangled up in the strings. They're much more forgiving than the thicker ones.

The downside is that thin picks are less accurate when it comes to picking out individual notes. But, as a beginner, don't worry about that. The thinner, the better.

I recommend the Dunlop Nylon .38 as the best thin pick for beginners. A 12-pack is enough for your beginner journey. Unless your sock monster is playing guitar, in which case he'll steal them all! 

 

The Best Pick for Picking Individual Notes

I recommend that you get a thicker pick too. The Dunlop Tortex Orange is my to-go. It's ideal for picking out individual notes! Yes, I know I mention Dunlop a lot, but no endorsement. They just make great picks! :)

 

The Right Pick Size for Beginners

Make sure you start with a standard size pick. For most of my life, I used a smaller pick called Dunlop Jazz III. I don't recommend them for beginners. They're too small and way too stiff.

 

How to Properly Hold a Guitar Pick

Yep - there's a right way of holding a guitar pick! I'll show you the most common way to hold the pick, but be aware that many amazing guitarists will do it in other ways. Keep in mind that this is a starting point, and you can change it later if you find a good reason to do it. Things to keep in mind while learning how to hold the guitar pick:

- Pay attention to your thumb. You want the pick to come out from the side of your thumb, not the tip.
- Place it well. A centimeter or so of the pick should be coming out from your finger.
- Hold it as lightly as you can without it falling out of your fingers. The light grip will help keep your arm relaxed. 

Remember: tension is the biggest strumming enemy. Check out my best tips to nail any strumming pattern!

 

Step-by-step: Holding a guitar pick

Step 1 - Place the pick on finger 1, so it's pointing in the direction of your finger (out the top of it)

Step 2 - Place your thumb on top so that the pick is coming out of the side of your thumb.

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