Sometimes when I try to play a solo I feel that I can't pick the notes because the pick is too short, and when I look at it, it is about 0,5mm shorter on the end than a new one.

When should you generally change your pick?

Edit to clarify: These "feels" are often deceiving. Sometimes I feel it makes my playing more difficult, but when I measure it, its exactly like the new one. So I suppose some people with more experience have came up with some way of telling when it is too small. Perhaps some rule of thumb/ general advice. I am unsure if even my 0,5mm makes a difference in my playing or it is just my imagination. I know that this differs with people, style of playing and so on, but it must be based on something general.

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    What kind of answer do you expect, other than "change it as soon as you feel that it makes your playing more difficult"? – Matt L. Jul 7 '15 at 15:10
  • @MattL. See edit. – akaltar Jul 7 '15 at 15:50
  • @ToddWilcox That should be an answer. – akaltar Jul 7 '15 at 16:00
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    When? For me, regularly after you've lost it. – seseorang Jul 7 '15 at 19:47
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    I use my fingers. Those don't wear down. – jjmusicnotes Jul 7 '15 at 19:47

The sensitivity of your playing is both more precise than whatever measuring tool you might be using and it's also the most important measurement of the usefulness of the pick. Who cares what some ruler says? If the pick is not pleasing you, toss it to most attractive person in the crowd and grab the next one! I sometimes ditch picks that haven't lost any shape but just have gotten too smooth and slippery from finger oils. And I always use a brand new pick at the start of a show.

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    To clarify, I meant "grab the next pick", not "grab the next most attractive person in the crowd". But you know, whatever works for your audience and show and reason for becoming a musician. :-) – Todd Wilcox Jul 7 '15 at 17:05

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