Don’t be fooled by the name, “Jazz” picks are good for tons of genres—especially when fast and nimble picking is required. If you’ve been playing a Classic pick shape, this shape will speed up your playing immensely.

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Jazz Picks, often referred to as Jazz III Picks, have been a favorite of players across genres for decades, but when you really boil it down, players use Jazz or Jazz III picks for one reason—speed.

See, the pointier tip featured in Jazz Guitar Picks enables you to alternate pick or trill with way more velocity than a standard guitar pick, as there’s considerably less roundedness around the picking tip, which can really get in the way when you’re playing 32nd notes.

For that reason, jazz guitar picks could really just as easily be called metal guitar picks, because in heavier genres, they’re practically the gold standard. Another great advantage of these picks for metal guitar playing is that they ensure that your thumb is always close by, enabling you to hit pinch harmonics at will, without having to readjust your picking hand to do so.

So, whether you’re a metal player, a jazz player, or just a player that likes to play fast and with precision, give our jazz picks a try—they’ll be right up your alley.