Today i had a flashback

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  1. LittleBassChops

    LittleBassChops

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    Was jamming today and zoned outAs a beginner bassist about 7 years ago i went with my mom and her then bf (who gave me my first and best bass) went to a guitar store. I was there for a pedal and asked an employee for a demo. The thing i noticed was that all of the nails on his picking hand here about 1-2 inches in length. The end result was a perfect pick like sound with finger accuracy. As a beginner i didnt realize what i had just witnessed. After years in the bass world that thought baffles me...

    I personally favor fingerpicking

    Has anyone seen anything similar techniques? Any vids?
     
  2. TBAR Shane

    TBAR Shane

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    Generally classical guitar players have long nails for picking. The only time I've seen it used on bass is when a friend of mine who plays classical picks up a bass. My guess is that the employee was not exclusively a bassist.
     
  3. MCS4

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    Odds are he was a fingerstyle guitarist, but there are some well-known bassists who use fingernails as part of their sound. Geddy Lee is one of them, but I believe he keeps his nails only just long enough to get a hint of a fingernail strike while still hitting the string squarely with his finger itself.
     
  4. millsbass5

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    I've tried it, and, IMO, it hurts like a bitch. But, I love the tone I get.
     
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  6. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    1-2 inches long? Never saw any that long.

    I used to keep the nails on my right hand slightly longer when i was playing acoustic guitar but decided it wasn't worth it. I bet there's some YouTube tutorials on fingernail maintaince geared towards classical guitar
     
  7. bassteban

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    Maybe he just lost his clipper, and chews the left side ones
     
  8. nutdog

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    I haven't had any flashbacks and I'm a little bummed about it. Feeling ripped off.
     
  9. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    I used to get them sometimes under certain kinds of fluorescent lights. Wasn't always pleasant though. :(
     

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