When I started playing acoustic guitar about a year ago, I felt most comfortable with medium gauge picks. Thins were clearly too flimsy and heavys just seemed too stiff. But as time went by I started experimenting with various picks and began to get comfortable with heavy (and even extra heavy) picks.
I'd finally settled on the big Fender triangular extra heavy picks when I saw an Ad for Red Bear picks and thought I might give them a try. Just got three Red Bear picks in the mail today (a couple of C-Heavys and an Original). They are incredibly stiff but I assume I'll get used to them if I keep at it.
I'm guessing that the stiff picks might be good for speed picking because I would think that less flex means you set the string in motion and move on more quickly? I'm not doing anything too complex or fast yet, just trying to connect the chords with bass line runs and what have you.
I'm sure asking about pick preferences is like asking what's your favorite flavor of ice cream, right? Everybody's got their own individual preferences. But am I right that the heavier picks, whatever the manufacture, will ultimately lend themselves to faster flatpicking?
And what about tone from heavier gauge picks? It seemed to me that my Red Bear picks sounded better on my Gibson J-50 than they did on my Martin 12-fret dreadnaught. I've only been playing them for a few hours, so perhaps it's just my imagination, but seemed like the Gibson tone benefited more from the heavier pick than the Martin. Perhaps because those big 12-frets have so many overtones?
All you experienced flatpickers please help me out here. And I know Steve Blanchard, one of my favorite flatpickers from the Great Northwest, is on the FG network and I'd especially love to here what he has to say.