Mediator, or plectrum - a wand-zashchalochka for any musician playing stringed instruments.
Most often use a guitar player. Mediators are of different types - from a ring with a "claw", put on a finger, to a metal plate of a triangular shape.
The musicians give preference to the latter.
It is the triangle made of plastic or steel that makes playing the guitar several times louder.
Characteristics of the mediator
The thickness of the mediator most often varies from 0.2 mmUp to 3 mm. Choosing a thin mediator, the sound is more sonorous, and when playing thick - more dense and even bass. Usually, the thinner the mediator, the faster you can play the guitar. But it all depends on the person and the experience of his game.
Before you find your mediator, you will have to try a few different thicknesses and material. And if you just start playing the guitar, it's best to learn the skill with him.
Experts advise to purchase mediators with a rougher surface, rather than glossy. If your hands start to sweat with excitement, the mediator will not slip out, but will continue to help to extract sounds.
Musicians are advised to have several mediators of different thickness and material. Keep them in a special case attached to the guitar.
How to choose a mediator?
If you play the accompaniment, then the choice is better to stop on thin mediators. If solo parts - a thicker plectrum is suitable.
Often the thickness of the mediator is marked on its body. If there are no numbers, follow the approved scale:
- extraheavy (very thick) -
- heavy (thick) -
- medium (medium) -
Mediators also differ in material: Steel and plastic. So, if you play a classic guitar with nylon strings, it's best to buy a mediator from steel. It is convenient to hold in hands and it does not slip out of fingers. In addition, unlike a mediator made of plastic, it does not damage nylon. True, the sound is deaf.
Steel mediators are also in favor with rock stars. Musicians, playing electric guitars and basses, use them only. Thanks to the steel mediator, a truly "metallic" sound of the strings is created. The musicians, with their agility, glide along the strings along the neck, extracting pinching guitar parts.
But while playing the acoustic guitar is betterThe plastic mediator will work. It is light and very conveniently fixed with fingers. Using it on metal strings, you can play as a fight, and on notes. Music turns out to be clear, clear and loud.
The color in the selection of the mediator does not matter. Manufacturers of musical instruments offer a wide choice of triangular plates for every taste. As for the manufacturers' firms, many musicians prefer mediators of famous brands: Dunlop, Ibanez, Gibson and Fender.