blending finger and pick style playimg

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fusion man 85, Dec 7, 2013.


  1. fusion man 85

    fusion man 85

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    Im play mostly finger style but I like a like a lot diffren music and like blend diddrent styles together could some one give me advice on trying to blend these two playing techniques im also not comfortable with a pick on bass and play flats
     
  2. thebrian

    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm not really sure what you're asking. Flats don't have anything to do with it, but since you said you aren't comfortable with a pick yet, you'll need to become comfortable with that first. Once that happens, then you'll be able to blend it in with your fingerstyle playing. A lot of guys wedge a pick under the pickguard so it's easy to grab when you want it. I don't do a lot of switching in a single song, but I do play some songs with a pick and others with my fingers. You'll need to learn your volume differences too because picking usually comes out louder than fingerstyle. I usually just knock the vol on my bass down a notch when I go to a pick.
     
  3. phangtonpower

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    I remember seeing a video while back where Brian Setzer was able to use a pick, then tuck it somewhere between his fingers to finger pick. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find the video or technique again.
     
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    thebrian The Brian abides. Gold Supporting Member

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    I know Mike Gordon from Phish plays mostly with a pick and he tucks it somewhere in his hand when he slaps and/or plays fingerstyle. Not sure what he does exactly, but I know one second he'll be slappin a groove and the next he's on a melodic line with a pick and vise-versa... and it's always seamless.
     
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  6. fusion man 85

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    Trevor dunn does some similar things with mr bungle and fantomas
     
  7. David Hayes

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    I play a lot of fingerstyle with a thick pick tucked in my hand for particular passages. All I can say is practice and be proficient at both styles.
     
  8. Lownote38

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    When I play guitar or bass, I palm the pick when I'm not using it. A simple flip of the thumb puts it back between my fingers.
     

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