#1
I picked up bass about 4 months ago after playing guitar for about 4 years and play it when I jam with my friends. We pretty much just play rock. I've tried using my fingers to play but it just feels really weird so I ended up playing with some thick rubber picks.

Is there any advantage to playing with fingers opposed to picks?

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#2
a pick will give you a different sound, and you'll probably play faster since you aren't good with your fingers.
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#4
your fingers give you a bit more versitility, i think, allowing you to switch from fingerstyle to slap to tap to whatever without worrying about a pick. the tone issue is purely subjective, fingers give a rounder less twangy tone than a pick. i would suggest maybe practicing playing with your fingers, you make get comfortable with it and end up prefering it. if not then you can happily pick away
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#5
You can only get 1 sound with a pick.
But you can get many sounds using your fingers. (including slap and pop)

Practice playing with your fingers. Index then middle, I, M, I. M and so on.

Nothing horrible will happen using a pick but learning to use your fingers can only make you better.
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#6
Id say its more valuable to be able to play with your fingers but playing with a pick is a good skill to have.
#7
If you use a pick, you simply get a different tone. It's more punctual than using your fingers, but of course, you can get a very punctual tone with your fingers as well. However, there is a big advantage, you can be punk rock and do only down strokes.
#8
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For most stuff a pick will hold you back and give you a different tone. Learn both though, so you have broader horizons.

More about this in the FAQ.

Slightly fixed.....How would a pick hold anyone back? It isn't poor tone, it's a different tone.

I myself feel weird using a pick on bass so I use fingers on bass and a pick on guitar....

EDIT: Learn to use your fingers, it feels weird because you aren't use to it but it will feel more natural with time and practice.
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#9
I put my thumb and pointer finger together as if I'm holding a pick, and strike the string with the side of my thumb. The accuracy of a pick (pretty much) and speed, without the twang.
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#10
i started playing with a pick and would swear by them. But as soon as I bought my acoustic it has hardly ever seen a pick. Its ackward with a pick now. Id sugest learning both.
#11
Uh oh... I feel another unintelligent pick vs finger argument coming on.

Playing with a pick has advantages and playing with fingers has advantages but what it really depends on is how you want to express yourself.
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#12
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Uh oh... I feel another unintelligent pick vs finger argument coming on.

Playing with a pick has advantages and playing with fingers has advantages but what it really depends on is how you want to express yourself.


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#13
Picks vs Fingers threads aren't allowed here, simply because it's been done to death. I'm sure there's pros and cons of each in the FAQ. I think you need to be able to do both.