How to Hold a Guitar Pick

If you have decided to learn to play the guitar, one of the first things you are going to need to learn is how to hold a guitar pick. This is one of the basics of learning to become a guitar player, and it is fairly simple to get the hang of once you practice at it a little bit. Once you know how to hold a guitar pick, you can move on to learning how to strum a guitar, play chords, and combine them to create your favorite tunes.

Of course, it all comes back to holding that guitar pick. Without being able to do this, it can be difficult (and hard on your fingers) to learn how to play the guitar, so don’t put this lesson off if you are hoping to become an expert guitar player one day – or any type of guitar player, for that matter.

Without further ado, here is everything you need to learn about holding a guitar pick to ensure your best success in your musical endeavors.


The Basics

First of all, it is important to acknowledge that different guitar players will hold their guitar pick differently. Everyone has something different that is most comfortable for them, and that is what it is all about. If you are holding your guitar pick in a way that is twists your wrist or is uncomfortable for your fingers, then your music is going to come out sounding strained – because you are strained. So as you read on, remember that the most important thing is that you are comfortable.

That is not to say that holding a guitar pick will feel natural to you at first. It all comes with practice, but as you play more and learn the feel of your guitar, you will naturally adjust your position and the way you hold the pick within your fingers. By doing this, you will be able to find that “sweet spot” that works best for you as a guitar player.

When holding your guitar pick, you don’t want to grip it too hard or too loosely. With the former option, you may end up in pain, tense, and eliciting a bad sound. However, with the latter, the pick would end up flying out of your hand!

Guitar picks come in a wide range of weight and thicknesses, but as a beginner, you will likely prefer a lightweight one. Feel free to try out different types of picks until you find the one that is right for you!


Getting Started

You will want to hold the pick in your dominant hand and fret with your other hand. So, if you are right handed, hold the pick in your right hand. Shake out your hands to get all the tension out and relax. Then, pick up your pick and turn your hand, so your thumb is facing you. Insert your pick between the middle of the index finger and the thumb, with the pointed end sticking out. The pick should be sitting under your thumb with about half an inch sticking out. For strumming, allot a bit of extra space. For accuracy, a smaller tip allows you to get closer to the guitar strings.


Strum the Guitar 

From there, you can begin to strum the guitar by moving the pick from the thickest string downwards. This will give you an idea of how the pick feels in your hand. You can naturally adjust the angle you are holding the pick at or the angle you are strumming from to get a feel for what is most comfortable for you. With practice, you will begin to find the method that is most comfortable for you, and it will feel natural as you become a more experienced guitar player.

There you have it! Now you know how to hold a guitar pick! From here, you can begin to learn the next step of playing a guitar with the confidence that you have your pick technique mastered! You can also learn which guitars are best for newbies here.



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