Bass Players that ONLY play with a pick....?

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  1. 2HBStrat

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    Is a bad thing if a bass player will only play with a pick....won't even try to play with his fingers? Is it laziness? Lack of initiative? Not really feeling like a real bass player? Or is it no big deal as long as they get the job done?
     
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    If it works, it works. :confused:
     
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    If you play punk a pick is a must.
     
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    Yeah, I've had to deal with the opposite. Sometimes only a pick will do, and they absolutely refuse to do it. No idea why.......
     
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    Someone could also ask, "Why won't bass players try a pick? Why do they ONLY play with their fingers?"

    It's an artificial argument. Why not do whatever best serves the song?
     
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    lemmy: pick
    cliff williams: pick
    geezer: fingzers

    whatever works
     
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    Exactly! I'm not saying that some songs might sound better with a pick, but some songs sound like @$$ when played with a pick, and if that's the only way you can/will play, then you limit yourself.....don't you?

    Sidebar: Are there any famous, highly thought of bassists who only play with a pick?
     
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    I used to be like the OP, assumed bass players that played with a pick were lesser players. But I've noticed a lot of really good bassists use a pick. Carol Kaye uses a felt pick.
     
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    I don't think I said that I thought they were lesser players...
     
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    I kind of like the sound of a bass played with a pick. I know a lot of bass players look down on players who use picks but if it sounds good I don't care.

    Doesn't Cliff Williams of AC/DC use a pick. I know his playing is pretty simple but it works perfectly for the music.
     
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    Why don't guitar all guitar rock guitarists use a 7-string guitar?
    Lack of creativity?
    Laziness?
    Hmmm.
     
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    You guys are taking this the wrong way. I'm not saying that a bass player should never play with a pick, but that, in general, a bassist should be able to play with their fingers, too, to have that in their arsenal, too...
     
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    I remember when Flea joined Jane's Addiction for a tour. Eric Avery only played with a pick and Flea had to learn how to do it. He had never done it. He said it was one of the harder things he had to do. It was just unnatural for him.

    My best friend played with a pick almost exclusively in our first band, as that's what we needed. He can play with either. It sure helps if you can play either.
     
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    exactly, it's a bit ridiculous to accuse Carol Kaye of laziness
     

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