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Guitar Lessons: Beginner
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I am a beginner at playing a guitar. How do you prevent the pick from turning when playing?
Picks are slippery little things aren't they! Here's a few ideas, I hope they help.
(1) I have found a really good type of pick, the more you sweat etc., the more they grip (amazing but true) they are made by D'addario available from
they come on different thickness. The type I use is 1.09mm (.043") they are very stiff which might be too heavy for a start - you may want to try something a little thinner. The main idea with picks however is to get a pick that is not too flexible, you want all the energy to go into the string, by the way that's how you develop your speed and accuracy - with a heavier pick.
(2) There are different styles of picks - some with *cork* embedded on a section of the pick to improve grip.
(3) Some guitarists even use a *hot pin* to poke tiny holes in the picks to improve grip.
As you gain more playing experience you will discover that you do not have to hold the pick very tightly - in fact you hold the pick quite loosely this will also contribute to reducing the pick movement because to are not squeezing too tightly.
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