Thick pickers, convince me to change

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  1. gkterry

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    As you get older or if you have nerve damage in your hands, thicker picks are essential. I fall in both categories. I always recommend https://v-picks.com/ for those wishing to try a quality pick - thick or not.
     
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    I'm becoming a pretty thick picker...I'd say cut back on the beer and eat more salads.
     
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    I only use thicker picks. I warm up with 3.0 stubbies for 20 minutes or so and move on to 2.0 Ernie Ball Prodigies after that, the jazz shaped ones. Makes the 2.0 feel lighter, helps me go a bit faster. I love thick picks but I only really play metal, I can't tremolo pick or alternate picks with thinner picks too well.
     
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    Am I one of the few that's gone the other way? I mean, I've been playing for at least 35 years. I always used thick picks up until about 8-9 years ago (also played .011s). Now I use .7 mm picks, which I feel work much better for me, and I don't send picks flying as often.
     
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    Thicker picks are pretty unforgiving of sloppy or loose picking hand technique.
     
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    It obviously works for him,but I can't imagine using one.
     
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    I took the advice an old friend gave me years ago. His advice was don’t get to where you need a particular pick to play like you play, change it up so you can use anything. I go back and forth between thicknesses and styles, from 1mm celluloid to a super thick Hodor guitar pick. It works for me.
     
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  8. Phrygian77

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    Maybe, but not all users of thinner picks have poor right hand technique. :p
     
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    I tried some thicker picks (not extreme) 1.5, 2, 2.5 and 3mm. I am OK with all of them, but still gravitate back to 1 mm (or 0.88 mm) picks.
     
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    My favorite thumbpick is a metal one, so I thought I'd try metal. Aluminum, specifically. I have a lot of scrap around to try.
     
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    A thicker pick allows more control - you can pinch it loosely and get a soft attack like a thin pick, or you can pinch it firmly and dig in to the strings for more attack. For 30 years or so I have used a .88mm or sometimes 1.0mm.

    There was a time many years back when I was playing a lot of rhythm guitar and I played a thinner pick, but I gradually came to prefer the 'flexibility' of a thicker pick.
     
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    Played Dunlop Tortex orange for decades, but within the last year worked my way up to the purple ones. Green seems too flexible. Not going back to thin any time soon.
     
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    Same here. I can pick faster and more precisely with a stiff heavy pick. To me a heavy pick glides over the strings. I don’t like the way thin picks flex and snap off the strings. Just my personal preference.
     
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    I don't play electrics with a pick thinner than 1.5 mm. I don't want "give" on an electric--I want response.

    I do play slightly thinner picks on an acoustic--I'm after a different effect with an acoustic.
     
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    Aha, your idea just might be what is happening to me … either way.:oops:
     
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    Well crap, there goes my theory.:oops:
     
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    Guilty. Though I don't drink, but my lovely wife still makes the same amount of dinner even though our son has been out of the house for 4 years now. :oops:
     
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    I've discovered this as well; I'm not that good with tremolo picking in the first place, but a thicker pick does make my lame attempts seem passable.
     
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    I guess maybe this is where I'd like to be; I've long loathed thicker picks because I couldn't stand the change in tone. Now that I know better how to handle a thicker pick, it's not so big of a deal, so I'm exploring and pushing against my own boundaries at the same time.
     
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    The green Tortex Flow picks I recently got don't flex much at all, probably because they're smaller than a standard 351 shape, so there's less to flex, but I hear ya.
     
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