I’ve never really played with a pick before, but I’ve been playing with one recently. And I honestly really like it. It’s a cool alternative to finger-picking. However, I found that the tone REALLY varies between the different gauges of picks. Here’s what I found.
Light picks are great for fast picking. The give on them allows for frequent alternate picking. When I used a light pick, I definitely heard that “grumble” and “string-y” sound that everyone talks about. I definitely liked how “gritty” it was and how easy it was to use.
Medium picks are kind of the perfect (no pun intended) medium. These picks gives a little more than heavy picks so you can still play fast with it. However, the sound becomes a little less grumbly. The sound is a little closer to the sound of using your fingers
Hard picks have almost no give. So, they sound the most like using your fingers. I also think that it’s easier to control a hard pick, so it is easier to get clear, crisp notes with one. However, you can’t really move fast with a hard pick. I use hard picks for slower songs that may call for a little more “grumble.”
Using a pick is one of those “personal preference” things. Go to a guitar store that has picks out and try a few. Personally, I keep hard and light picks at my disposal. I couldn’t give up the tone I got with the hard picks, so I keep the light picks for those fast songs.