#1
In my band the style of music my bands doing sounds better with a pick, but i hate picks is ther a way i can make it sound like i have a pick but i can still go thinger styel?
#4
Don't use a pick. Be a man and play with your fingers. They are called GUITAR PICKS for a Reason
#5
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#7
i am not using a pick i hate picks but like the sound and we need a clean punchy bass tone like a pick
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#9
First off ^Reported

Second off can you just use a thumb pick? or are you against any pick at all ever. What music do you play?
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#10
Second off can you just use a thumb pick? or are you against any pick at all ever. What music do you play?
i never heard of those can i still use my fingers with them
#11
I'm going to assume that thumb picking is where you angle your hand over the body as you would with guitar and pick with the bridge of your thumb.

There is nothing wrong with using a pick, it only adds to your versatility. If you are doing it for the tone, not the ease of playing, then that's fine. Look at Chris Squire, fantastic bass player, uses a pick - it really doesn't matter.
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#12
Pick near the bridge, or crank up the high mids (if possible) and treble on your EQ. Maybe use a tiny bit of overdrive to emphasize the overtones, something along the lines of a Sansamp Bass Driver would be good.

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i never heard of those can i still use my fingers with them

Yes - those go on your thumb so you could still do fingerstyle with your index, middle, etc.
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#13
thumb pick like a banjo or classical style guitar player. Or use your index finger nail like a pick. or EQ like everyone else said.

What's your bands style of your bands music anyways? as you put it
#16
Anyone who says not to use a pick because it's "wrong" is a dribbling moron that needs to grow up.

If you want a pick sound while still playing finger style, look at the way Banjo players wear their finger picks. They (we) have them bent over the tip of the finger back towards the nail, effectively turning the tip of your finger to metal. You get an incredibly bright sound and strong attack on Bass this way.
#17
And any person who can't learn to switch between pick and fingers, clearly needs to get their head out of the respective hole they've dug themselves in musically.

In other words, if its good enough for Chris Squire, I think the rest of us can adapt.
#18
As already suggested, you could use a fingerpick (or more than one of them):



I suppose you could grow your fingernails and thumbnail to pick as do classical guitarists, but if you really like that sharp attack, then just adapt to using a pick.
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#19
Another thing worth mentioning, is that you could also hit hard on the strings right over the P-Bass pickup, like Steve Harris does. Make sure to have your tone knob high, like on 5 or above.
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#20
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As already suggested, you could use a fingerpick (or more than one of them):



I suppose you could grow your fingernails and thumbnail to pick as do classical guitarists, but if you really like that sharp attack, then just adapt to using a pick.

Ohh! I haven't seen finger picks quite like that before. I'd love to try them. The ones I use are solid, they don't have the hole in them. Mind you, Banjo picks aren't so easy to get in the UK. So far I have only found one supplier of plastic thumb picks with a metal hoop. You can get all metal or all plastic, just not the mixed ones.
#21
I got some finger picks once but they were way too big for me. My hands are tiny. But I occasionally use the smallest of them on my thumb and it works pretty well so +1 for finger picks.
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#23
Suck it up.

Learn to play with a pick.

Realise it isn't as easy as you think.
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#24
Just learn to play with a pick. What's the harm in learning another style?
#25
i will try these things guys thanks i all else fails i will try to finde a pick in my house somewher
#26
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i will try these things guys thanks i all else fails i will try to finde a pick in my house somewher

Picks are pretty cheap, you could always actually buy some
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Picks are pretty cheap, you could always actually buy some

yah i could but i have a 100 laying, around my parents bought the bass and thought i would use the picks lol