Why Did You Choose Plectrum ?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JackB1, Jan 18, 2013.


  1. JackB1

    JackB1

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    Hi guys
    I'm doing a dissertation on plectrum style players for my degree in Commercial Music and I wanted to find out from all you bassists who use a plectrum the reason as to why you chose to play with a pick. As little or as much detail as you would care to give.
    Thanks
    Jack
  2. autodidact

    autodidact

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    I play primarily precision basses and I just love the full, bright sound you can get with a pick. Also when I started playing a lot of the punk guys I idolized used picks and I sort of just picked it up along with their playing style. Some times certain music just sounds better picked
  3. Rageadon

    Rageadon

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    I like the "clacky" sound, and the bass sounds louder too ;P!
  4. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

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    I chose a pick because my first teacher chose it for me! =)

    I have since learned to use my fingers on 90% of the songs we play, but I still love the pick on certain ones. It gives a clean and clear tone that cuts through the mix.
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  6. PatQ

    PatQ

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    I love how it makes my Thunderbird sound. And I really like how you can use your palm to mute the strings!
  7. BlistryFingas

    BlistryFingas

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    The strident, crisp tone. That trebley punch.
    Also, my musical influences include many bassists who use picks:
    Justin Chancellor - Tool
    Jon Duke - John Mark McMillan
    All Grunge bands
    Most Stoner bands

    The timbre/tone of a picked bass accommodates a certain sound.
    I can't encapsulate the entire scope of what style sounds good with picked bass, but
    typically tone-rich music where the guitar is distorted or very bright and the drums are solid and tight. It makes for a sound that "cuts".
  8. FrednBass

    FrednBass

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    *grabs popcorn*
  9. perogato02

    perogato02

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    For the punch and extra attack
  10. NickyTrigger

    NickyTrigger

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    Primarily this band:



    And just because I love the tone. A pick is great to achieve a really focused, punchy sound that, like has been said before, works especially well with a very "straight" drummer. I used to be a fingerstyle player but switched to pick because it worked MUCH better in the styles of music I play.
  11. ducknturtle

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  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I started using one because Sir Paul used one and for rock the attack with a pick is the sound I'm looking for.
  13. fourtet102

    fourtet102 Supporting Member

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    Love its sound for palm muted funk lines. Quicker attack.
  14. El-Bob

    El-Bob

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    I've learned pick and fingerstyle, and use what works best in a given situation.
  15. fearceol

    fearceol

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    Because I am not a "real" bassist. :bag:


    Sorry guys !!!


    Could n't resist that one ! :D



    OP, you are new to the forum so I'll explain. The silly statement "real bassists dont use a pick" has often been made by finger style players about pick players.
  16. Mike in Chicago

    Mike in Chicago Supporting Member

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    Is a "plectrum" a pick?

    I think my idols Adam Clayton, Duff McKagan and the guy from Greenday use one...<s>
  17. SquierJazz72

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    I primarily play fingerstyle for my own stuff, but I will experiment on some things and see what I like better. If it goes better with a pick, I use a pick.

    Doing covers, I tend to stick to what the original player did. If I know a certain player uses a pick all the time, or did on a certain song, I use one too, just to stay closer to the tone and feel of the original.
  18. phii

    phii

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    When you use a pick on a punchy bass like Stingray, Wal or Precision, the attack will be SHARP~
  19. flipmouse

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    I play mostly fingerstyle with a fair amount of fingernail, but keep a thumb pick on for certain things like fast double stops and octaves. I sand down the thumb pick until it barely sticks out past the thumb...kinda like a fingernail on the side of the thumb. Not sure if anyone else does this...i started doing it because I just couldn't get fast enough with fingers alone. Not that I am yet as fast as I would like....guess I can still dream.
  20. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Supporting Member

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    I played guitar for a number of years, so when I picked up a bass, using a pick felt more natural to me. Now, I prefer the sharper attack of a pick and the ability to palm mute.
  21. 4dog

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    Mostly fingers now, started with a pick and felt limited, i do love the pick attack tho.

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