Pick or fingers

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  1. SeeMoore

    SeeMoore Member

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    Bass player in my band uses a pick, I hate it!

    It sounds like gene Simmons playing in every song we do.
     
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    Either way has its place.

    If I need the bass to really cut I'll use a pick. Maybe he can't hear himself. What kind of stuff are you playing?
     
  3. FFTT

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    Song material dependent.

    Some players sound fantastic playing with a pick, with a good bass and a good amp dialed in properly or D/I.

    Others sound terrible.

    I used to play fingers only for years, but now I use both, just totally depends on the context.

    Younger inexperienced players may dial in lots of mids in their tones and play up-neck far too much.

    They seem to want to play MID rather than playing BASS.

    Bass is a foundational instrument to build on, unless you're in an instrumental group where bass is the featured instrument.

    Tell him with a pick, use neck pickup only and dial in tone pot about half way.

    See how he sounds with the mid control on his amp rolled off.
     
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  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Senior Member

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    I play both ways, but prefer pick tone for most stuff - I get better note definition with a pick... Duff McKagan, Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Carol Kaye are all pick players - do they all "sound like Gene Simmons"???

    If no one else in your band has a problem with it, then maybe you should quit... or, switch to bass and play it the way *you* think it should be played...


    - georgestrings
     
  5. Multicellular

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    Definitely song dependent.
     
  6. SeeMoore

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    Classic rock, some newer stuff.
     
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    I wonder if life is long enough to be worried about such things.
     
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    Both - don't be afraid of the right percussive sound in the right place. But all pick, all the time can get a bit stale.
     
  9. SeeMoore

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    He uses lots of mids, sounds horrible.
    But he's not one to take advice, takes everything personaly.

    Kiss is his favorite band, if that tells ya anything Lol
     
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    These things are the "fill in the blanks" of life.
     
  11. s2y

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    I think a majority of bassists play with fingers. Never hurts to be able to use a pick when needed. I've yet to hear someone complain that another band member is too versatile.
     
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    This. Both are techniques that a versatile bassist should have well in control.
     
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    Agreed. I rarely play with a pick. I know it is something I should do more to get the feel and groove of doing it. Just another technique I need to work on.
     
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    I just turned 68. It's not.

    So what you've said in your last (snarky) comment is that you and he don't have the same musical taste.
    Nothing wrong with either of you on that point. But is it worth the drama? What do the other band members think about it? Pick your battles...or another band.
     
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    Anyone who is serious about playing should be able to play with both at a proficient level
     
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    Q: Pick or fingers?
    A: Yes

    These are just techniques, and by themselves mean NOTHING in a vacuum and EVERYTHING in context. This says more about the individual bassist than it does about either technique.

    I personally play both techniques constantly and sometimes interchangeably without negative impact to the sound or feel of the song...IMHO.

    http://marvinforte.com/famous-bass-players-who-use-a-gasp-pick/
     
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  17. gwluthier

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    I've never cared for playing bass with a pick . Guitar no worries , it's not that I can't , it just doesn't do it for me .
     
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    John Entwistle and Paul McCartney used a pick sometimes. They weren't slouches on bass.
     
  19. T-Funk

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    Fingers. Bass players using picks is extremely rare in the music genres I enjoy.
     
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    Sometimes picks have a bad rap for being harsh sounding. Different picks have different tones. You can also palm mute to smooth out the tone.
     

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