As most of us guitarist know there are all kinds of different guitar picks out there. They come in gauges of thin,medium,heavy and have different shapes.
The less experienced player will play with any pick they can get their hands on. Did you know that the gauge of the pick can really change your guitar tone. For example if your looking for a thin sound then a thin gauge pick will do the trick. If your looking for a fat jazzy tone then a heavy gauge pick should be your choice.
You will find that thin picks are good for strumming since they give a little. A heavy pick is like a stone and will not give at all. It's a good idea to experiment will different gauges and sizes until you find whats right for you. I recommend a beginner start with a thin to medium pick since heavy picks tend to break more strings. This is until they develop a good picking technique. If your into speed playing a heavy pick will do the job plus it gives you a better guitar tone then a floppy thin pick.
You would think a lighter gauge would be better suited for speed playing, but thats not the case. Listen to the plucky sound that a light pick produces. You be the judge and see if you can hear the difference. Also make note that picks are made out of all types of materials such as tortex,nylon,plastic etc.. The cool thing is that picks are pretty cheap so you can afford to experiment a little.