#2
Oh its that time of day again

Before the thread is closed I will say whatever floats your boat, there are different ways to use both picks and fingers so they can be used for any genre.
#4
A good bassist should be proficient with both. They both have their uses in every genre, just use your ears.
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Hybrid.
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A good bassist should be proficient with both. They both have their uses in every genre, just use your ears.

This, I like being able to use both give me more room for possibilities.
#10
The politically correct answer is "either one can be used for any genre" but the truth is different styles work better for different genres. Picking has a harder attack which most would say is good for metal, punk, hard rock, etc. and fingerstyle has a fuller tone, which some would say is better for soft rock, ska, r&b, etc. Whatever sound you like better just go with. I would suggest fingerstyle because it's easier to learn, and you don't have to worry about buying picks.

Of course there's also slap and thumb technique...
#11
I use neither. All of my right hand attack comes from the search bar.

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Fingerstyle. I have nothing against picks; they just don't get a loud enough sound from my Olympia.


eh... how's that?

Picks are usually louder than fingers
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eh... how's that?

Picks are usually louder than fingers

On guitar, not bass. On bass, picks don't get as much low end.
#14
i say finger-style. i prefer the sound of it rather than pick playing.
#15
i use my finger most of the time and i normally play metal/hard rock/rock/funk but i use a pick when i play punk or some metal songs that i feel it sounds better with a pick.
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#16
Fingerstyle. You can get by with fingerstyle on a picked song, but youd never be able to fake through a fingestyle song with a pick

Plus the tone is just fuller and warmer with your fingers, and I personally just like dark warm sounds
#17
Fingerstyle has a lower, dull sound with more sustain. Pick has a brighter attack with more treble and less sustain. You can play very fast with a pick, although you can reach similar speeds if you practice enough fingerstyle. I use a pick most of the time, but it's best to use both.
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#18
I definitely prefer using my fingers, and I do maybe 70% of the time, but I do own picks and can pick on my bass at will. It just all depends on what sound you want to achieve.
#19
Use both.
I like using picks when I'm playing punk rock, or rock really, but at school I play in the school jazz and marching band, and I only use fingers.
I'm happy I know how to do both, it will make you a better player being good at both.
#21
i like to use a pick, but only becuase i play guitar alot more than bass and im better at using a pick than fingerstyle
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