“Picks were too bendy. I couldn’t feel what was happening as the thing touched the string”: Brian May explains why he uses sixpences instead of picks

Brian May
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Every guitarist has their go-to type of guitar pick: some prefer thinner ones for softer sounds, while others opt for heavier plectrums to help facilitate, well, heavier playing. 

This isn’t a science, more of a general rule of thumb. Paul Gilbert, for example, can shred with ultra-thin picks, and has even taken to drilling holes in his picks to help him play even faster.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.