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Why is it wrong to play bass with a pick?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by emu!, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. psychetelec

    psychetelec Tele-Holic

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    No need to guess what I mean, I was quite clear.
     
  2. gndboy

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    Using a flat pick for electric bass is just another technique. Some music calls for a pick; some music sounds silly with a pick. The argument is analogous to guitarists debating whether it's better to always use distortion, or never.
     
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    Apropos the youtube clip of Steve Swallow;

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    You're welcome. :)

    TMI - too much information. You just needed the 'tuUZwx6LFV0' code to embed the clip.
     
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    In my next movie, "Johnny Bass Guitar", John Wayne swaggers into a saloon, slaps a tort Fender heavy on the bar and says: who's the varmint says I can't play?

    Immediately a chair crashes into the mirror behind the bar, 3 fights breakout simultaneously, shots are fired and a chandelier crashes to the floor, a pre-CBS J is seen flying through the doors and into the street. JW grabs his Tele bass and strolls out.
     
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    I thought we were all having fun here poking at each other about picks or no picks. I forget what an ass you can be and that you have no sense of humor. Best of luck to you and those in your life.
     
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    Its your bass. Play it any way you want
     
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  11. Jimmy Dean

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    When I play guitar I use a pick because I can't finger pick a guitar. When I play bass I use my fingers because I can't flat pick a bass. And yes, I am probably neurotic.
     
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    I learned to use a flat pick and my fingers because the songs I was playing called for both styles. That being said, I like playing with a pick A LOT...one of those big-ass Fender triangle - shaped picks is great for bass.
     
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    I play fingerstyle mostly, but when I want a pick sound I just pinch my thumb and index finger together and use my index finger fingernail as a pick using a downstroke. I get that click sound and if I want to lose the click--upstroke. It makes it easy to go back and forth between sounds quickly & seamlessly. I've never seen anyone else do it, but it works for me. It can however get hard on the fingernail--especially playing live
     
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    I mostly play finger style. I do keep a couple picks in my case and one shoved under my pickguard or between a pickup and the edge of the route for those rare times that I want to use one.

    The Purple Dunlop picks are great for bass playing. I believe 1.16mm thick.
     
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    I Use 'Em All

    Fingers, thumb & a pick depending on what works best with whatever song I'm playing. When I do use a pick I prefer these. I just round off the tip a bit to make it come off the string a little smoother. Wish they made them in this material. The .60mm gives you a real nice woody tone IMHO.

    BTW - Anthony Jackson wasn't mentioned. He came up with the 6-string bass concept because as he said, "Its a [contra]bass guitar".
     
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