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Now let's talk about all the different types of picks and how to find the one that's right for you.

Picks come in all shapes and sizes. There are many variations with colors and logos, but musically there are two important variables: the first one is how thick the pick is.

A thin pick is very flexible as you can see. This means it's easy to use because it'll glide right through the strings and not create a lot of resistance. But you also notice that it sounds kind of thin.

On the opposite end, here's a heavier pick. This will produce a fuller and louder sound, but it's also a bit harder to use because it's less flexible and therefore there's more resistance against the strings.

I recommend something that's in between those two extremes like a medium or a .88mm. See what feels and sounds good to you or just use whatever you currently have and make it work.

The second variable is size. Some picks are quite large, while some of them are much smaller. I'd recommend starting with something that's shaped like the one I'm using.

So maybe you have a few different picks and you've chosen the one that works best for you right now or maybe you only have one type and that's totally fine as well. Whatever you're using let's put it to work.

Now we'll use the example from the previous tutorial where we switch between our G major chord and our E minor chord. I'll count us in and then we'll play the G-chord 4 times and the E minor chord 4 times. Then we'll repeat both chords and finally end on a G-chord that we let ring.

Now let's try this out together, and as always you're welcome to watch one or more times before you start playing along yourself.

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