Why do you need a guitar pick
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Why do you need a guitar pick

This article is at the same time the answer to the question “what is played on the guitar instead of fingers.”

What is a mediator

Mediator for guitar – a special bone, plastic, metal or plastic plate like a triangle with rounded edges. 




types of mediators – plate and nail

The difference between the first two and the one on the far right is that the first two need to be clamped with the thumb and forefinger, and the one on the far right is designed to be worn on the thumb.

Why do you need a guitar pick

1) When playing with a pick, the sound is much cleaner;

2) The mediator can sort through much faster;

3) guitar pick “Improves” your guitar playing skills many times – people who listen to your playing without a pick and suddenly hear it with a pick, are sincerely surprised – how different the music is.

These are the three main reasons why playing as a pick is more convenient and enjoyable. 

BUT! Far from any music according to tablature and notes can be played with mediators, which are presented in the picture above. Why?

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How to hold a mediator?

Nail (claw) mediators

However, there are other interesting mediators – nail mediators.

They look something like this:

Why do you need a guitar pick Types of picks – Alaska Pik nail picks


The peculiarity of these mediators is that when playing them there are no specific clamping rules – they just need to be put on your fingers. At their core, they resemble false nails, only they are removed and put on in a free mode. 

By the way, you need to get used to them, initially it will seem that it is inconvenient to play, and your fingers now and then touch unnecessary strings with mediators. But over time, you will get used to it – and it will become a pleasure to play!

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