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Old 03-05-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Do you tilt your pick for bass playing?

Hi. So, I was watching some videos on shredding (for electric guitar), and the guy was recommending tilting your pick upwards slightly to reduce friction and play faster.

It looks like I can't post the link to the vid, but you basically tilt the pick toward the neck of the guitar at like a 30-45 degree angle.

My question is: does this apply to bass or just guitar? It seems like the principle should be the same, but for whatever reason when I try this I get a scratchy sound. It just doesn't sound very clean. I know I'm probably doing the technique wrong, but I wondered if you guys tilted your picks or not. Thanks.

Note: I'm interested in playing metal, primarily.

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Old 03-05-2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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tbh, im not that sure what you mean i keep mine with the smallest corner hitting the strings and the rest of it pretty much covered by my thumb if thats of any use
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:41 PM   #3
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I've seen a lot of bass players playing with the bass more upright than horizontal. A friend of mine says he plays more vertical to reduce cramping in his wrist when playing for long periods at a time.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:47 PM   #4
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I've been playing guitar and bass for like 8 years, guitar came first, and I do tilt it sometimes but not often. The tilted pick is needed to tremolo pick on guitar so on bass it kind of comes out of habit if I'm playing with a pick, but I tend to get too much string scrape on those heavier strings on the bass when I tilt my pick.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:23 PM   #5
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I don't get it, what's a pick?
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by CarlFromCanada
I don't get it, what's a pick?

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Old 03-07-2013, 12:19 AM   #7
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The angle of the Pick can make a nice grinding/Swiping sound on each hit.

I auditioned for an Early Christian Rock Band that did Metal to Fusion and one tune I had heard required the angled grind.

The guitarist composer was seemingly impressed that I picked up on it myself and would play slap, finger, and pick for effect at anytime, without giving any lip.

The edge of a Pick against a single strand string does not grind anything like the Bass due to the thickness of the outer windings.

Flat wound will not really do this, They will be more like a strand string.

I used to grind on my USA Handmade Pre-Randall Mockingbird. I loved that Bass too much.
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