That’s the way I felt today when I was out and trying to find a photo subject. After a while I just quit and gave up on the idea. I didn’t want to go out of may way to maybe find a new subject and just waste gas chasing something I wasn’t even sure was there. So I just relaxed and thought if I see something I’ll shoot it otherwise I’ll just shoot something when I get home. And that’s what I did. When I got home I saw the cocktail glass that I keep an assortment of guitar picks that I use. I arranged them cleverly – alright, haphazardly – on the table and shot. I actually used a tripod also!
I like to mix it up with different picks when I play guitar for tonal variety. Different materials and thicknesses change the tone and attack, sometimes even how I play, enough to make the guitar ( acoustic or electric) sound different depending on the style of music I’m playing. For instance, I have these thick rubber picks that I use when playing chord melody tunes on my acoustic giving it a warm mellow jazzy tone. Thin picks are great when I want to do some serious strumming with a little less bottom end. Different shapes force me to change up my picking style enough where I might discover something new when playing certain passages.
Pentax K20D, DA17-70
I tend to favour Jim Dunlop 1mm picks for an extra clean tone with some depth, especially when playing single coils and a maple neck, which are already bright. But just as often, I’ll fingerpick for a softer tone.
I usually favor medium picks because I’m a bit heavy handed and I have a tough time controlling heavier picks and sounding to harsh. My fingerpicking is generally limited to my index and ring finger along with using the pick for bass notes. I sometimes like to play octaves that way instead of the Wes Montgomery thumb style.