Stylus Musical Instrument Picks
Package of 3 picks and a CD ROM packed with exercises developed in conjunction with Berkeley School of Music for $14.95
I was lucky to have found this pick years ago when I was first learning to flatpick.
It really made me aware of my hand position & the depth of my pick.
When I first started using this pick I was getting caught in the strings.
I very quickly learned to adjusted my hand position and my technique improved dramatically.
Each guitarist has his own particular style and approach to lead playing, and we know that there is no one "right way" to pick fast. However, most accomplished guitarists will agree that maximum alternate picking speed is achieved when playing from the very tip of the pick, to no more than the first .125" (about 1/8").The closer to the tip you play, the less resistance there is against the string; and the less energy it takes to move the pick across the string.
The STYLUS PICK method was designed to help correct the natural tendency to "dig down" with the pick in order to avoid missing the strings. Deep picking can result in the need to "muscle" the pick back and forth across the string. Doing this at increased tempos while attempting to play a note with the left hand for each stroke may make you seem like you're playing fast, but may also lead to some bad habits which may limit your endurance and articulation.
The STYLUS PICK focuses on this through its unique design. The 360 degree conical tip is suspended by the support cone, which protrudes from each side of the pick body. The widest point where the two cones meet is the threshold. When the string rises ABOVE the threshold due to excessive digging, you go nowhere, because the support cone will pull the pick all the way down, and stop the stroke. When the string remains BELOW the threshold, you go everywhere, because the STYLUS PICK will roll over the strings without getting stuck, despite slight errors in depth gauging and subtle differences in upstroke / downstroke inertia.