Guitar Lesson One  Playing rock chords (using whole notes)

Role of the plectrum in guitar playing

Plectrums, or picks.

Plectrums, or picks.

The plectrum or pick, is the piece of plastic we hold in our right hand, that we use to strike the guitar strings with. Plectrums come in varying levels of stiffness.

It may be best as a beginner to use a light and flimsy plectrum until your technique has been developed. A heavier plectrum may be more difficult to use but will create a more solid sound when striking the strings. Ideally you should try various different plectrums to see which type you prefer.

Next: Holding the plectrum