For many years I used standard sized 1mm picks and they were great but I started hearing from all over the internet that many pros use jazz III pics so I got one to try it out. To be honest, they felt really weird first but when I got used to them, I couldn't use anything else. The main thing about these is that because they are small, you can not really change much how you hold your pic and it makes your playing consistent. The grip also helps alot although I have never played these pics without the grip. These pics are fat but the sharp tip compensates it so it can have a nice quick release if you want to. It is very versatile. But the thing is, these are just pics and they are not super durable. So if you get used to these, just buy a hundred of them and be happy.
I'm not an experienced player but I bought these in addition to a variety pack of more flexible picks after watching a Danny Gatton video where he recommends trying a jazz pick (he says Roy Buchanan suggested this.) It's a lot stiffer than ordinary picks, which means it doesn't flop around or 'give' much when it crosses the string. This helps when playing fast, intricate lines, but has the disadvantage that there is less margin for error. When playing chords the pick will tend to 'hook' the strings if you aren't careful. It forces you to play more precisely. Seems okay to me - the point is to get better, right? But if you are a beginner or want the best pick for playing chords, you might prefer something more flexible. Even so, picks are cheap and beginners should experiment with different options, so you owe it to yourself to get a pack and try them. PS These picks SOUND BETTER to my ears. It's a more cutting sound, seemingly capturing more of the sound of the string and the neck than floppier picks.
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