#1
well, I have to play bass infront of about 30 people to help a friend out with his music gcse and i was wondering is using a pick wrong? i just find it more comfortable than using my fingers. i have played before using a pick but with my band so it doesn't really matter when it isn't being graded. But with a music examiner there and the whole schools music department is it still ok to use a pick? The style is sort of pop if that makes a difference.
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#2
There's nothing wrong with it. You're not the one being graded anyway

Only thing is that the sound may not fit the song, but that's a minor concern.
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#3
ok thanks, yer thats what i was thinkin :P just don't want to look stupid infront of the other people. but thanks
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#4
As long as you like it and it is comfortable, there is no "right" way to play bass, obviously there are some things that will help if you do them such as using all your fingers to fret but playing with a pick isnt wrong
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#5
A hell of a lot of really decent bass players use picks.

(Though most virtuoso's use their fingers.)
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#6
There is no right way to play bass, you could play one upside down and rubbing a pineapple on it if you wanted. As long as it sounds good and you feel good with the way you play. And like the other guy said a lot of good bass players use a pick.
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you could play one upside down and rubbing a pineapple on it if you wanted.


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Threadstarter, just paly with a pick - no one will even notice or care to be honest mate.
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Sounds to me like an excuse.

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Now you've gone and jinxed it, next thing you know Wooten, Hamm and Sheehan all rush in and carry him off to be deprogrammed in the middle of the gig.


Is that a given? (Goes and grabs a pile of picks in antipation of being kidnapped by Stu Hamm..)

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#10
Hopefully they won't care too much, because then it means they weren't doing as good of a job listening to the other guy's GCSE. That is as long as you aren't obnoxious somehow.
#11
Thats one of the things I love about bass... there is (almost) no wrong way of playing it.
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#12
No, there is no wrong way to play it, but some ways are more efficient than others. Personally, seeing kids downpick like mother****ers annoys me. It really really annoys me. If you're going to play with a pick, I suggest you make sure your alternate picking is in it's top form! Up-down-up! Or, more naturally, down-up-down!
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