When I first learned to play guitar, I had no clue what picks and strings to use. I’m pretty sure I just left the store with whatever they gave me. No problem with this, but as you progress down the road of your guitar journey, you find your own taste for picks and strings. I wanted to share with you what I use and why.
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My picks of choice are Taylor Tortoise Shell guitar picks. I’ve played several different kinds of picks before – all the way from super thin to as thick as a bass guitar pick. The Taylor Marble picks are thin enough that they give a little when you strum, so you’re not worried about breaking a string, but they are solid enough to play percussively and really attack the strings.
Taylor Marble picks are the only picks I’ve used that actually sound different. Hands down, they are my acoustic pick of choice. I make sure I carry one in my wallet at all times. You never know when you’ll need to play a guitar!
I will say that the old ones they made were a little better, but the current ones are good, too!
My strings of choice are Elixir Acoustic Phosphor Bronze strings with Nanoweb Coating on them. These strings sound great, and best of all, they last a REALLY long time as long as you take care of them. I have a cloth in my acoustic case, so every time I put my guitar away, I wipe the strings down. This drastically increases the lifespan of any set of strings, but if you do this with the Phosphor Bronze set, you can get a year or more out of one set of strings.
I’ve chosen the Phosphor Bronze strings, because they sound great and last a really long time.
Leave a comment below, and let me know what your favorite picks and strings are.