#1
I know theres all these techniques out there but they are all finger style and I got small fingers so my only option is a pick. I notice many good bands have pick style such as U2, The Killers, and Rise Against. Is there any good techniques out there? Or any bands I should listening for inspiration?
#2
If your mind's made up, it's made up, but I fail to see how small fingers mean you can't play fingerstyle.

It sounds like a load of wank, but the various playing techniques really are specialised tools for different situations.

If you're absolutely set on only using a pick, then there are ways you can approximate whatever tone you need from that with EQ and effects, but I implore you to try different techniques, and discover what would be the best fit for any given scenario, and then practice for it, rather than compromise around it.

In terms of inspiration, it's not one of the most versatile, but one of my favourite pick tones would have to be Duff McKagan's, from Guns and Roses. Check out Appetite for Destruction and revel in the glory!
#3
Quote by Wolffgang
If your mind's made up, it's made up, but I fail to see how small fingers mean you can't play fingerstyle.

It sounds like a load of wank, but the various playing techniques really are specialised tools for different situations.

If you're absolutely set on only using a pick, then there are ways you can approximate whatever tone you need from that with EQ and effects, but I implore you to try different techniques, and discover what would be the best fit for any given scenario, and then practice for it, rather than compromise around it.

In terms of inspiration, it's not one of the most versatile, but one of my favourite pick tones would have to be Duff McKagan's, from Guns and Roses. Check out Appetite for Destruction and revel in the glory!


Thanks man, I forgot McKagan uses a pick!

Anyways, the reason I like pick style is because most of the music I like is pick style plus the tone sounds more punchy. :/
#4
Then by all means, go for it. That's exactly the right reason to use a pick. If fingers aren't going to give you the tone you want, go with the pick. I find dunlop Jazz IIIs are suitably beefy, and adding an Aphex Bass Xciter in the front end can give you back a bit of the bottom end you might be losing. The EHX Mole also isn't bad, but can be a little unruly without a compressor; it's a lot cheaper than the Xciter, but it can in turn mean buying 2 pedals instead of 1.
#5
Even if you prefer pick style, it's beneficial to be proficient with as many playing techniques as possible.
#6
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Anyways, the reason I like pick style is because most of the music I like is pick style plus the tone sounds more punchy. :/


Lots of great bassists have used picks; Tom Petersson, Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, John Entwhistle, Chris Squire and even a lot of contemporary players as well. I think I remember Jason Newstead once said that he only used a pick because he thought the tone was more aggressive.

There's nothing wrong with using a pick
#7
I myself prefer fingerstyle (for the tone, even in metal). Luckily a guitar background has enabled me to be able to pick quite well. A|LOT of rock/metal bassists play with a pick most of the time. The ratio of pick to fingers is at least 50/50. However, limiting yourself to a pick is like only having 1/3 of the weapons in your arsenal. I can guarantee that even guys like Newsted, Chris Squier, Duff, Mike Dirnt, Tim Armstrong etc. etc.: can still excel at fingerstyle.
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