Anybody use a pick AND fingers during the same song?

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  1. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies

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    Just curious how common this may be ... to start playing the song with your digits, and at some point in the tune whip out the plectrum, or vice versa??
    If so, I would think it would be of benefit to have some type of pedal with at least two amp presets, unless your technique is really refined, no? :bassist:

    Any popular (or not) songs I might hear some bassist doing so? I'm sure it's been done, and I probably already have heard it before ... I'm just drawing a blank and it's got me curious.
     
  2. JimmyM

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    I do it maybe once a night, but I almost always do either or. Saw Kasim Sulton with Blue Oyster Cult a year ago and he would do it a few times during their set. My buddy Jauqo III-X always keeps a pick tucked into his hand so he can bust it out when he wants.
     
  3. chungweishan

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    I do, which made me invest in a "thumbpick", which I just realized I misplaced it somewhere. Oh well, back to holding a pick like normal, and plucking with my 2nd and 3rd fingers when needed. Anyways, I do it just to expand on different sounds.

    For example, I do it when covering "Locked Out of Heaven." Muted-pick sounds for the verses, and finger-plucking during chorus.
     
  4. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo I'm actually a cat. Supporting Member

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    I pretty much play most of my songs with a pick. Sometimes I play with my middle and ring fingers or do some one-figure tapping while still holding on to my pick. I just feel weird not holding a pick in my hand!
     
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    I've done it, but not often.

    I mostly use my first two fingers, and sometimes my thumb, and then a pick for certain songs.
     
  7. callofcthulhu

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    Yes, I do. I'm generally fingers all the way, but I play pick on a few songs that really call for it. One such song has an extended breakdown where I vamp on kind of a "Peace Sells" style riff that just sounds wrong played without a pick. The rest of the song before and after is fingerstyle. I keep the pick in my back pocket or in my mouth for the first half of the song, then let it drop to the ground after the breakdown is over.

    The only thing I change during that section is to turn the OD off. Also, my usual playing position is right over the neck pickup; if I'm really feeling it and hitting hard, I might move off center from that spot one or the other for the pick stuff.
     
  8. dougjwray

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    I play the Allman Brothers classic "Whipping Post" with one band, and the bass intro really needs to be played with a pick. However, once we get into the solos I switch to fingers because I'm much more adept with them, and the feel is much better.
    I switch back to a pick when the vocals come back in at the end. ("Sometimes I feel...")
    I've never been good at palming a pick, so I hold it between my teeth. Haven't choked yet. (Don't try this at home, kids.)
     
  9. Mikhail1

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    John Deacon was famous for doing it as well. Seemed to always have one if not two picks tucked behind the pickguard of his Precision.
     
  10. FretlessMainly

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    For some 30 years I was a fingers only player, but I have good pick technique from being a guitarist for more than 30 years, so I broke out the pick in my last band to make the 3-hour rehearsals more palatable. If I wanted to switch, I just played a triple-stop, walked over to my rig, and grabbed the pick, or vice versa.
     
  11. Ric5

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    Anybody use a pick AND fingers during the same song?

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  12. wolfkeller

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    I play in a Sabbath tribute band. I will often switch back and forth. For example, the intro for children if the sea I will use my fingers then grab the pick when it kicks in. For die young I use the pick up until the middle part where I use fingers. I do it for the mellower parts. With Ozzy songs I use fingers most of the time.
     
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    I know Billy Gould used both fingers and a pick in the Faith No More song "Surprise! You're Dead". He used fingers for most of the song and then a pick during the bridge.
     
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    I will often use a chorus pedal ( mxr zakk wylde) for finger style stuff on the high strings and frets.
     
  15. tom32

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    I do, specifically at church. I'll play finger style on the verse sections and pick on the chorus. I tend to make a mess of picks on the ground because I just drop them when i need to switch so I don't miss notes. It drives my fiancée crazy...
     
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    I have a couple of songs that I start playing with a pick, then go to fingers and back to a pick.
     
  17. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Supporting Member

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    There are two songs on my band's soon to come out debut that feature both finger style and pick playing. In both cases, I switch to the pick for a bridge section I guess you'd call it. Live, I'm able to grab the pick in time with the way things are structured, so it was no problem at our first show. I then just drop it as we go out of the bridge.

    I do not use any different settings or EQ between the pick and fingerstyle. The rest of the songs are about 50/50 between pick and fingerstyle. I just go with whatever seems natural for the song.
     
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    One song in our set I play with fingers and a pick at the same time. Holding/striking the pick as normal and plucking an octave with my ring finger simultaneously. Sounds cool.
     
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    I noticed this a couple of months ago while watching a Wilco concert. I think it was Austin City Limits.

    Wilco bassist John Stirratt was constantly switching during each song, with the pick stored away by the last two fingers...Though the whole show.
     
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    a year or so ago i tried using a thumb pick so that i could do this really easily. I found myself just using either or all the time though. at the time i felt like i had invented the wheel though!
     
  21. PimasterPearson

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    My band has one song that I play with both fingers and a pick - fingers for the first half, where it's pretty mellow, then I do a really fast picking riff where the song gets big, and I keep the pick for the rest of the song. I cover a 3 and a half octave range just on that song!

    That's the only song I ever play with a pick, btw.
     

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