#1
Yeah, i've heard some people criticize bass players who use picks as being "wussies" or whatever, the bass player in my band doesn't use one, but is thinking about using them.
what are the advantages/disadvantages to bass players who use or don't use picks?
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#2
picks are for metal and hardcore
fingers are cool cuz you could play faster with them
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#3
It depends on what you want the bass' tone to be. With fingers, it is more mellow sounding most of the time. With a pick it has a little edge. Just play a song with him using fingers and then the same song with a pick. Whichever one sounds better and/or is more comfortable with him, do it.
#4
You really need to search bar this. I'm pretty sure I saw another near-identical thread like this on this board today. These threads nary end well.
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#5
when i play punk music i use a pick because i like the tone and playablity of it. when i play funk or something i use fingers and most certianly dont use a pick when i slap and pop. but its all the sound your after
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#6
i odnt use a pick and play metal, so it isnt like using one is ever equired
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#8
Bassists should use whatever feels right, and never limit themselves to only using one style.
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#9
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fingers are cool cuz you could play faster with them


oh my god are you, no it can't be, ROB TRUJILLO!!!???

But seriously unless you ARE him, picks are way faster.
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#10
Quote by eddiehimself
oh my god are you, no it can't be, ROB TRUJILLO!!!???

But seriously unless you ARE him, picks are way faster.


Not necessarily. I play faster and cleaner with my fingers. It depends on the person. Sure, I can tremelo pick with a plectrum, but it's not as clean as my finger approach.
#11
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oh my god are you, no it can't be, ROB TRUJILLO!!!???

But seriously unless you ARE him, picks are way faster.


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#12
They both have different tones so try both and see which works better. However I will say that it is possible to get close to pick tones with your fingers but it's impossible the other way around.
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#13
Quote by Deliriumbassist
Not necessarily. I play faster and cleaner with my fingers. It depends on the person. Sure, I can tremelo pick with a plectrum, but it's not as clean as my finger approach.



I'm fast with both, and clean.. probably cos first song i learnt was run to the hills..

What was i going to say.. oh yeah, this bassist from this other band, stupid bitch, called me a crap bass player for playing with a pick.. So next gig, she's there, I say 'Who wants to hear a bass soloooooooo?!' of course, they are like 'Rich solo yay'

So I start with a pick, then I say into the mic "oh uh, apparently picks are last year according to Lana' then threw my pick at the crowd and went nuts on a scale then improved a little Pulling Teeth.. then some 4 finger chugging.... right down to the 24th fret G..

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#14
I suck a lot with a pick because I've played with my fingers for so long. Whatever your basist prefers, there's not a right or wrong way.

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#15
What ever the tone you need is. You should be comfortable enough with both to be able to make basic lines and play through most songs.
#16
i onlt lay with a pick to get a certain sound and feel. any other use it annoys me. fingers are faster comfortable and yuou dont have to remember anything!!
or slap bass.
#17
Quote by eddiehimself
oh my god are you, no it can't be, ROB TRUJILLO!!!???

But seriously unless you ARE him, picks are way faster.



not true, i can play really fast, but if i use a pick i suck
#18
^fine well it depends on the person really. I suck with my fingers. I can play strongly but not very fast at all.
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#19
Quote by eddiehimself
oh my god are you, no it can't be, ROB TRUJILLO!!!???

But seriously unless you ARE him, picks are way faster.



lol

and into the issue, i have frets in home but i dont use them
my opinion is that with the fingers u can really feel the bass and what u playing, but a pick gives u speed if play metal u know (excpet for trujillo lol)
#20
i use a pick sometimes, but if there isnt one in reach i use the back of my index finger nail
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#23
I started out with a pick because i use an epi thunderbird bass, and the pick had the sound i needed, and i wasnt able to play hard enough comfertably with my fingers, but my bridge has since come loose before a gig last night so i borrowed another bands p bass, and it was kind of poppy, with pick so i switched to fingers, and today i got a jackson bass, it sounds amasing with fingers, better than the thunerbird with a pick, so i think im probably never going to use a pick again .
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#24
Well, he could do like Chimarias bassist. He used to (I dont know if he still does) switch in the middle of a song. Many times in some songs. I actually do that too, so I know it works fine.
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#25
I just wanted to ask. Does this whole pick thing count only if you use an actual pick?

I use my fingers, but employ different techniques for pretty much every song I play. I sometimes switch technique mid-song, too. Is this a bad idea?
I can't use a pick at all. I miss strings and everything. Physically holding it kind of seems to put me off, I think.

I do however, put my thumb and index finger together so the nails create a sort of pick. It doesn't give such a sharp (wrong word?) sound as an actual [piece of plastic] pick, but it lets me play faster (though, mostly only on one or two strings next to each other). Would this count as pick or fingers?
Also, I sort of scrape the strings with just my thumb nail sometimes (Song contextual, as with most things I do/play).

Oh yeah, what I've found quite annoying is that this 'nail pick' thing doesn't work so well if you cut(/bite) your nails too short, as I do on the odd occasion.
#28
Quote by Deliriumbassist
^does it really matter? A technique that works is a technique that works and shouldn't be criticised.


I know that well. I was just curious about the pick category counting only picks (ie. not my nails).
...probably shouldn't have bothered adding all the random stuff after the initial comment. Oh well. I was bored, too late now
#29
I hate how people bring up the whole speed issue with fingers... There are a number of highly skilled bassists that can play way faster than picked bassists. In the end if you were to actually work hard at mastering your speed with adding 3 fingers and in some cases even four fingers you will be putting the pick player to shame when it comes to speed.
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#30
Sum 1 Random kinda made a good point. What about using your fingers as if you were holding a pick? Technically, you're not using a pick. You're using fingers. Are you still a wussy? Hmm.... kinda debunks that theory and shows you how shallow the arguement is.
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#32
/end thread, indeed

Argument has been done to death many many times and this was a bump of a old thread.

Dead and closed.