Gear Heads

So what's in a pick?

Picks are curious little implements. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and thicknesses: 

 and some that are well... 

"Experts" will tell you to hold a pick this way or that way...our advice is to hold the pick in a way that is comfortable for you.

Kyle and Renee like the thumb and forefinger.

  • Using all sides of the pick will give you more range of dynamics.

  • Example: Using the sharper angle gives you some very definite tones, for ringing a note.

  • The more rounded side can give you a more subtle tone.

  • Kyle likes using the back side for pick lets him use the pick a little longer before having to discard it...usually at some unsuspecting fan. WHAP!!!

What about the different thicknesses? Pretty simple:

  • The thicker the pick, the more control you have over the string and less resistance to the pick.

  • The thinner, the more give on the pick, more pick noise on recordings.

  • The thicker the pick the harder the force, the thinner the pick the softer the force.


So in short, experiment with the different types, shapes, sizes and grips of picks.

The pick you use is an extension of you.