#1
I'm playing a song where the verse is made of quick picking but the chorus has a riff that is played by finger. I can simply play it all by pick (its a bit too quick to play it all by finger at least for me), but I was wondering if there's some trick where you can easily switch in and out of using a pick in a song? :/

Thanks in advance.
#2
You can hold the pick with just your pinky but it takes some practice to switch between the two quickly and smoothly. Holding the pick with your middle finger is a lot easier but that only leaves your thumb and index finger for playing. The easier thing to do is to put a small piece of double sided tape on the edge of your bass or on a mic stand and put the pick on that when you're not using it, although this can also be a little slow.
#3
That tape idea is a cool suggestion. Do you think blutack would work?
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#4
Some people consider it defacing the instrument, but I'm a big fan of the dunlop pick holders. I have them on everything I own except my hand made 6-string bass, and they're incredibly useful. I guess for them it depends on exactly how quickly you need the pick, and how dextrous you are.

And yeah I think you could use blutak on the mic stand, but it sounds riskier than using duct/cloth tape, because at one end it might not stick as well, and at the other end it might be too gooey and stick on the pick.
#6
Well, I solve this problem by using pretending to hold p ick, but hitting the string with my index fingernail. But, then again, I'm an idiot, so don't listen to my ideas
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#7
A mic-stand pick holder is helpful for these situations. If that's not available, you could try using a thumb pick.
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#8
Google Chris Broderick Pick Clip. I think they're a cracking idea and would like one myself.
#9
You could try a thumb pick, or playing the whole song with a pick (no mention of that in the post... Probably because of the tone).
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#10
Find a point in time where you can put the pick in your mouth? Unless of course you are also the singer
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#11


Buy one of these Dunlop "pick holders", they have a sticky side which you can stick to your bass, and you put your pick(s) in it. These are also very cheap.
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#12
Or - for a short while, until a break in the song maybe - use your finger nail? So easy to transition and a very similar sound. I use this quite a bit.
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using a thumbpick works quite well if you need to switch in the middle of a song
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Buy one of these Dunlop "pick holders", they have a sticky side which you can stick to your bass, and you put your pick(s) in it. These are also very cheap.

That is awesome, i want one.
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#16
i stick my pick in the space between the body and the pickup, its right next to my hand so i can switch quickly and costs nothing
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