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#1
I was just sitting here, eating nachos and drinking sprite, and i remembered a time when i was jamming with some buddies. I was using a pick. The saxophonist (it was a ska jam) was like, "dude, you use a pick!?!?" In response, I dropped my pick, and continued playing whatever riff it was i was playing with my fingers. "I can do both."

Whats with all these people judging on playing skills based on their methods? Does playing with a pick make you less of a bassist? Why am i asking the pit these questions?
#2
No, but playing bass makes you less of a musician.

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Seriously, though, you're gonna need a pick for some bass parts. Also, as long as it sounds good (or people can hear you at all), it's fine.
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#5
I'll occasionally pick up the bass at band practice when we're just kinda chillin, I'll play with fingers or pick depending on what I'm playing. It's not a good or bad thing to use a pick, it's just a personal preference.
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#6
If its good, then I don't care. If its my old bassist. Oh jesus, he was terrible.

He used a pick for slow parts, every bassline was the same dddd,gggg,aaaa,gggg, and he used to write songs around those basslines.
#7
They both have their pros and cons and are ideal in different but equally important situations.


But in the end, its still bass.
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#8
I don't think it sounds as good with a pick. But if you're playing the song right, you shouldn't be able to hear it anyway, so it really doesn't matter
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#9
I see no problem with it, it's a preference.

Though, I prefer fingered basses, myself.
#10
there's no right or wrong way, it just depends on preference and style.

plus i find the people who tend to make the comment about playing with a pick don't actually play bass at all.
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#11
I don't see why the people not playing the bass care as long as it sounds good. I like the sharper sound a pick tends to get personally.
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If its good, then I don't care. If its my old bassist. Oh jesus, he was terrible.

He used a pick for slow parts, every bassline was the same dddd,gggg,aaaa,gggg, and he used to write songs around those basslines.


LOL, my band is in the same boat, but we are even worse off, our basslines are:
Root note, ROOT NOTE, root note, root note,ROOT NOTE, root note.

And so on and so forth. (To get an accurate feel for it make random, unstructured pauses between whole note roots to get the rhythm down.) lol.
#13
You get different sounds with the different styles. Picks make for a sharper attack, while fingers produce a more mellow tone. Each has their own time and place.
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i was thinking the same thing.

you just cant get that percussive element with fingers, likewise you cant get a smoother sound with a pick.
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#15
In my band that I'm the bassist in, I mainly use a pick. But we play Alt Punk/indie stuff. I do occasionally use my fingers on our slower songs, as it sounds better that way.
#16
Paul McCartney used a pick and in my band we play a lot of Beatles songs so I use a pick most of the time.
edit:Jimmy Page also used a pick when he played the bass in The Yardbirds.
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#17
well yeah, i know the difference in sound, i dont need to hear about that 20 times.
but people who make a huge fuss over it just tick me off.
thats all im saying. i needed a release, and it happened to be the pit.
#18
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well yeah, i know the difference in sound, i dont need to hear about that 20 times.
but people who make a huge fuss over it just tick me off.
thats all im saying. i needed a release, and it happened to be the pit.


Its okay.

Anybody that makes to big of a deal about it is stupid. Sometimes I like my bassist using a pick because it just makes the bass more noticable.
#21
For metal I personally like the sharper sound from a pick.
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#23
I have the same opinion of a bassist using a pick as I do a guitarist using his fingers.....

I don't care. lol
#24
I think that anyone who insists on using a pick all the time or insists on never using a pick is a fool.
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#26
To be honest, a pick lets you play faster, and the tone is different. more defined.
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#27
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edit:Jimmy Page also used a pick when he played the bass in The Yardbirds.


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#28
I prefer it to be fingered than picked at
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#30
There are valid reasons that one may use a pick, and they don't make you any less of a bassist. One being that picking the strings with a pick sounds different than finger picking them.
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#31
Depends on the type of music, dudes. Use a pick for the punchy sound in metal and punk, use fingers for rock and blues, slap it for funk, etc.

Though these are not hard, fast rules. You can really do whatever you're comfortable with for any type of music.
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It's not a good or bad thing to use a pick, it's just a personal preference.


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If you like the tone and feel of using a pick then use one. If you don't like the tone or feel than don't use one.
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#33
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I can't play bass with a pick.


Same.
Well, I can, but the fingers make for such more mobility and stuff.
I like the muddy sound from the fingers too.

And I can easily switch between slapping and not.
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#34
the only good bass is slap bass.
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#35
Eh, depends. Some songs just don't sound right without a pick and vice versa.
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#36
I play with fingers majority of the time. But whenever i'm playing something my fingers can't go fast enough for, then i use a pick.
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#37
i dont care as long as the bass sounds good.
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#38
I think they're just people, like you and I
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#39
Picking and Finger-picking are both just techniques; that's like saying you're less of a bassist because you can tap. I think it's best to learn every technique possible, especially finger-picking and picking, because they are both very common, and they each get different tones.
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