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Old 12-28-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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Pickstyle outside of rock/punk/metal?

I really want to play but I've torn up my plucking fingers and thumb pretty bad, so I figured I'll work on some pick stuff instead.

Thing is, most pick stuff is used in rock, punk, or metal which I'm not too into right now. I know some funk players use a pick for a percussive muted thing.

Any suggestions on players like that?
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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Steve Swallow I beleive plays picked. He goes for more of a jazz guitar type tone though.
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:25 AM   #3
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I really want to play but I've torn up my plucking fingers and thumb pretty bad, so I figured I'll work on some pick stuff instead.

Thing is, most pick stuff is used in rock, punk, or metal which I'm not too into right now. I know some funk players use a pick for a percussive muted thing.

Any suggestions on players like that?

Look at Bobby Vega for some cool funky pick style.

To be honest, you can play any style with a pick; experiment!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:45 AM   #4
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I know what you mean, my thumb is fuked because i always bite my fingers but I can only play with a pick for a certain amount of time before it starts to kill my wrist FINGERS ALL THE WAY
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:58 AM   #5
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Not really funk, but look up Carol Kaye.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
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I know what you mean, my thumb is fuked because i always bite my fingers but I can only play with a pick for a certain amount of time before it starts to kill my wrist FINGERS ALL THE WAY


Yeah it sucks. I've started moisturizing my fingertips so they don't get too hard and crack, but because I had so much down time from playing it's taking ages to build up the callouses again.

Then you start slap playing and have to build one up on your thumb, then on the side of your first finger... It never ends.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #7
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Check out Graham Maby's work with Joe Jackson. There's some rather funky stuff there and he uses a pick often when playing.

Here's a cool video someone sent me once. Yes, its in French but got some interesting playing in the funk style with a pick.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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That's real cool and exactly what I'm looking for, thanks for the share.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:06 PM   #9
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Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead and Mike Gordon from Phish are two players that I can think of that use picks.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:34 PM   #10
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^ +1. Both Gordon and Lesh are amazing players, and prove that there are no bounderies to pick-style.

Also, TS: Try putting a piece of foam underneath you strings, right in front of your bridge. Use a pick and slightly palm-mute. Instant percusive thump.
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:53 PM   #11
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I play play jazz and country mostly and use a pick and palm mute for nearly all of it, I like the way the staccato percussive sound of muted picking cuts through a mix.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:27 PM   #12
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Phil Lesh from the Grateful Dead and Mike Gordon from Phish are two players that I can think of that use picks.



Mike Gordon in particular really pushes beyond what most people consider to be traditional pickstyle. He picks his bass strings while popping on the treble strings and slapping and all this other stuff.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:09 AM   #13
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