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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

    Dec 7, 2013
    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 boom boom boom boom bang bang bang bang Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Socal
    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. 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.
     
  4. thebrian

    thebrian boom boom boom boom bang bang bang bang Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Socal
    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

    fusion man 85

    Dec 7, 2013
    Trevor dunn does some similar things with mr bungle and fantomas
     
  7. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    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

    Lownote38

    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    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.