Knowing how to hold a guitar pick is an important step in learning how to play the guitar. If you hold a guitar pick incorrectly for a long period of time, you can accidentally drop and lose the pick during an important show, or you might even hurt your wrist from holding a guitar pick in a funny position. Luckily, there are easy steps to take to avoid all of this hassle and learn how to correctly hold your pick.
To learn how to hold a guitar pick you will need:
- a guitar pick
- strong hands
- a guitar
- Hold the guitar pick in the hand you play with: If you are right-handed, put the pick in your right hand. If you are left-handed, do the opposite.
- Hold the guitar pick comfortably between the thumb and either the index or middle finger: These are your two main ways of doing it, and it comes down to what is comfortable to you. It's sort of like how different people hold pencils differently. It has to do with how you learned, and how you feel comfortable doing it. Whichever you choose, there are some ways not to hold a guitar pick.
- Don't hold it using the ring or pinky fingers: It will be much harder to grip, and might cramp your hand after a while.
- Don't put it between the knuckles of your index and middle fingers: You won't be able to control the movement of the pick as much, and it will most likely slip between your fingers, and fall onto the floor or into the sound hole. This can be frustrating in the middle of a song, and even worse in the middle of a performance.
- Extend the rest of your fingers: It's best to have the rest of your fingers extended when holding a guitar pick. This allows for more advanced technique later on when you use the rest of your fingers to play with the sound of the guitar.
Most importantly, when figuring out how you hold a guitar pick, make sure that you feel comfortable doing so. If you play a show or give a performance, you'll be playing the guitar for an extended period of time, and it's no fun having to do something that feels uncomfortable for that long.