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#1
I myself think fnger style is better.
It makes you feel more groovy.
Also the best bass players use fingers eg:Les Claypool:Primus
Flea:RHCP
Timmy C:Rage against the Machine
etc
#2
Quote by tomwm1
I myself think fnger style is better.
It makes you feel more groovy.
Also my favourite bass players use fingers eg:Les Claypool:Primus
Flea:RHCP
Timmy C:Rage against the Machine
etc


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#3
Wouldn't this count as a VS. thread? It depends what style you are playing, if you want a really agressive punk sound then a pick can be useful.
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#4
I play both, it depends what I'm playing.

If it's eigth notes, I play with my fingers.

But if it gets faster, like triplets or even 16th notes, I use my pick.

And sometimes I just use a pick to get more volume.

I pretty much use picks only for speed and volume.
#5
I use my fingers mostly, but when I use a pick when the song calls for it, such as when I need an aggressive attack, or I'm playing chords. There is no "right" way to play bass. It's all preference.
#6
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#7
I've taken up finger picking lately, and it is much more effective in my eyes.
#8
I don't use a pick, I've tried it, and just can't get into it. I play with my fingers, as close to the neck as I can get.
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#9
I was a mainly finger player, I started playing with a pick while learning to read and it really opens your eyes to other sounds you can coax out of your bass I would recommend at least trying both.
#10
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I was a mainly finger player, I started playing with a pick while learning to read and it really opens your eyes to other sounds you can coax out of your bass I would recommend at least trying both.

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#11
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I was a mainly finger player, I started playing with a pick while learning to read and it really opens your eyes to other sounds you can coax out of your bass I would recommend at least trying both.

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#12
i personally play both, if its a repetive song, on teh same string same fret, ill jus get really bored so i play with a pick, but alot of the time i try to use my fingers, although my technique isnt very good.
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#13
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#15
Depends on the sound I'm looking for
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#17
It's a matter of preference really. I feel that I have alot more control when using my fingers, but I also like the tone I get out of using a pick. And when you say bassists like Flea use their fingers you do kow that even he uses a pick sometimes? And I'm not saying thats a bad thing, hes one of my biggest influences
#18
I prefer fingers, and look down on all bassists who play with a pick as scum, which is kinda harsh of me

I just can't help it though... 'Tis a bad habit I have
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#20
i usually try to play with my fingers as much as possible, unless its a song where you can tell the bassist uses a pick. but lately ive been working on anesthesia by metallica, and i know that cliff burton didnt use a pick, but im having trouble playing really low on the neck, and with alot of string changes with my fingers. but yea, anyway, back to the topic, i choose to use my fingers as much as possible, but i dont see anything wrong with using a pick
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#21
Quote by jazz_rock_feel
I was a mainly finger player, I started playing with a pick while learning to read and it really opens your eyes to other sounds you can coax out of your bass I would recommend at least trying both.

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#22
Quote by indie-bassist
Wouldn't this count as a VS. thread? It depends what style you are playing, if you want a really agressive punk sound then a pick can be useful.


punk bassist use a pick cuz they suck....
finger sounds way more punk to me.
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#24
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Its true.
Punk bass players arent really that great.
Flea doesnt count :P
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#25
Hey dumbass

MATT FREEMAN
JJ BURNELL
MIKE DIRNT
JESSE KEELER
MIKE WATT
KLAUS FLUORIDE

so you can shove the notion that punk bassists aren't good right up your ass

And while he was inspired by punk, Flea isn't a punk bassist.
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#26
Quote by mountaindew88


And while he was inspired by punk, Flea isn't a punk bassist.


the reason why he doesnt count.....

Most punk bassists suck.
Better?

Oh yeah, you left out Fat Mike
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#28
Hey dumbass

MATT FREEMAN
JJ BURNELL
MIKE DIRNT
JESSE KEELER
MIKE WATT
KLAUS FLUORIDE

so you can shove the notion that punk bassists aren't good right up your ass

And while he was inspired by punk, Flea isn't a punk bassist.
the reason why he doesnt count.....

Most punk bassists suck.
Better?

Oh yeah, you left out Fat Mike


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#29
Come on guys lighten up a bit, not all punk bassist are crap, everybody stereotypes punk bassists to be like Sid Vicious and that's not the case.

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#30
what make mike dirnt so good?

I play in a punk band.I play with my fingers.I never liked playing with a pick.

Plus it doesn't look that good when you use a pick.I just looks really bad.
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#31
Well this is intresting, I'm learning math and Slamming! Anywho, I don't like the sounds picks make, I play faster with my fingers, and it has a fatter sound, picks are good for short articulant, but I can do that with my fingers just as good as with a pick.
#32
Why do people use picks for triplets and sixteenth notes?? Alls it takes is some practice, and you'll develop really unique triplet technique. I play songs like Take No Prisoners with my fingers, and I been playing for less than six months.
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#34
I like using my fingers for jamming or more laid back music..when it comes to playing punk and shit where the sound is more distorted and such using a pick brings out a louder volume and a sweet tone (when playing a fender bass atleast) Though I find using my fingers is way more comfortable when playing more complex basslines or walking basslines
#35
Finger all the way. It gives so much more versatility in music. I used to play with a pick until my drummer's little brother just told me I was playing a 4 stringed guitar using a pick. I dropped the pick and have never looked back.
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#36
i think a pick is irrelevent
i use the finger nails to strike the strings on chords and fast songs
#38
Quote by PunkFan99
picks are for losers TRUE bass players use fingers

Uh, not so little buddy. Its more of how you want your bass to sound. If want you want is the sound of a pick, that doesn't mean you "lose". It means you like a different tone. I prefer the finger tone but I can't fault people for wanting to do things with a pick if they do it right (unless its jazz, then they must cease and desist).
#40
Ok, learn to use both, since they both have their uses and places.

And I love the Stranglers and JJ Burnell, but calling him a punk bassist is a bit limiting.

And punk has been predominately pick, with a few finger style bass players.
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