This is my first post here, I'm not sure where the search bar is, I'm sure this has been discussed before, but i figured that i would just post this here. With that out of the way, here goes. So recently I've been experimenting with lighter guage picks, 1.0mm or so for example instead of the 2.0mm picks that i normally use. I am using a sharper pick, and i usually just sharpen them myself with a dremel tool. I had a bunch of thin picks that i sometimes receive when i buy random things from music retailers, so this was practical. I also have to give credit to Paul Gilbert who first gave me this idea. I've always struggled with speed on the guitar. Whenever i would play fast i would get sloppy, and I'm still nowhere near the speed that i want to be. I was always told that a pick that flexes destroys your economy of motion by taking up more stroke if you will. However, the experts unanimously agree that it is a very light touch that gets you that tremendous speed and dexterity. If you really pay attention, unless you are playing with too much forte, there isn't much flex in the pick at all. There is a massive increase in sensitivity, particularly with a very sharp pick. I can feel the top half of each string as i gently scratch the surface of it. With a thicker pick, i just don't have this fingertip feel. It feels like wearing multiple condoms to use a lude analogy. As for the economy of motion argument, i don't think that a small motion necessarily equals more speed. Sometimes a larger motion is actually necessary in order to achieve speed and fluidity; take the balisong or "butterfly" knife as an example: Now, if you've ever played with one, you might think that in order to open it quickly you have to use the smallest motion possible; this is far from accurate. You must fling part of the handle over your hand and twirl the blade around, using it's weight to create the momentum necessary to carry it through quickly. If you study martial arts, then you know that in order to build speed and power, the smallest movement isn't best and the movements that seem small in reality use momentum from your footwork and from your hips, similarly how a guitarist uses his elbow on his picking arm. So, think of the kind of motions that kill speed. Things like picking from the finger joints rather than from the elbow, or with slight wrist movement. These are technically larger motions than barely moving the forearm, but they are the necessary motions if you want to play faster. Controlling these bigger motions from the elbow, hitting the string gently and across an even, parallel plane seems to be the trick- I'm not claiming to be an expert, I'm just sharing what I've observed. Criticism is fully welcome. We all want to be the best, right? Our own personal best. I know that i do. Pick slanting is also a demonstration of this longer stroke, it is probably the best example of it. It takes a bigger, more spacious motion that takes more stroke, but it is faster to play this way. It is the only way (that i am aware of) not to get trapped between strings (a smaller motion traps you there), and of course this isn't true of techniques that would require sweep picking, but there again, that's a pretty big motion with a long stroke if you think about it. A bit apples to oranges, but still.. Economy picking might be an exception, but i trip over myself with every attempt. In fact, i had to force myself to unlearn the technique after a year of trying to use it exclusively over alternate picking before i discovered pick slanting. (Props to Troy Grady). I still use it for some patterns, but I'm not really conscious of doing it and i don't really do it across more than two strings. So, what are your thoughts on how the guage of your pick plays into all of this? How much force are you using to get from one string to the next and is that fat pick really needed or is it making it harder for you to scratch that string just right? No doubt it can be done, but i think that it takes significantly more time practicing than with a thinner pick to get the feel for it. Thoughts?