#1
my friend wants to play bass guitar but he hates how u have to use only fingers and not a pick... can u also use a pick??
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#2
yes, bass picking is one of many ways to play the bass.
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#3
Yes you can use a pick, but it's inadvisable to start out learning like that.

If your friend isn't bothering to take the time to learn these things properly then he might as well not bother... No pain, no gain, to use a terrible cliché.

And isn't this in the wrong forum? (Guitar + Bass Basics is where it should be, right?)
#4
YES BUT IT'S STUPID. if you want to play bass learn it the finger way, because if you play it with a pick, the sound is worse, your skills can not extend as far, and you look like a poser
#5
yeh im guessing u really haven't been here long seeing as there is a forum dedicated to the bass guitar and u would be better off looking in there for answer like this in future

and in answer to your question a bass can be play with a plectrum but it gives a much more treblely and until your friend gets good at it expect a lot of scraping noise
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my friend wants to play bass guitar but he hates how u have to use only fingers and not a pick... can u also use a pick??


You don't *have* to use anything. You can use your fingers, a pick, a peice of plastic, wood, paper, whatever you want to...
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#7
you dont have to play with your fingers necessarily, but it is something that is associated with bass. Even if you use a pick, you should always familiarize yourself with all the techniques that you can, otherwise you're limiting your playing ability.
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YES BUT IT'S STUPID. if you want to play bass learn it the finger way, because if you play it with a pick, the sound is worse, your skills can not extend as far, and you look like a poser


i should really slap you.... its an accepted style of playing get over it
if bassists shouldn't use picks guitarists shouldnt be allowed to finger pick and then one of the greatest songs in existence (stairway to heaven) wouldn't have been written

and many punk bassists like myself use a plectrum to get more bite in the sound not because we can't use anything else, im equally proficient with my fingers and a pick and i use the different style for a different styles of music

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i should really slap you.... its an accepted style of playing get over it
if bassists shouldn't use picks guitarists shouldnt be allowed to finger pick and then one of the greatest songs in existence (stairway to heaven) wouldn't have been written


Now that's just stupid.

Plenty of bassists use pics, but it's inadvisable because you get a MUCH worse sound and it basically means that you're not going to be as good on your instrument.
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