I wanted to share my favorite tip (so far) from the Pickslanting Primer: try a lot of picks and pick grips!
I was already a fan of having different picks for different sounds, especially for studio recordings. However, I think most players (including myself) try to find a pick that’s “the one”, and use it exclusively, to the point where they feel insecure when using a different pick.
The chapter about picks made me rethink this approach. Besides learning all that fun stuff about what makes a pick sound different, learning how to play the same stuff with vastly different picks has improved my technique tremendously!
Something similar with the chapter about grips: instead of thinking that one particular grip is “the one” or is “technically correct”, I realised that ALL pick grips work and you can find an example of a top player that uses each grip. It’s harder for me to switch grips than to switch picks, but it’s having the same effect on my learning.
So… what’s your experience? Have you tried this?