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Artists that utilize all playing styles?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Weirdo, Jan 21, 2014.

  1. Just wondering how many are out there, as it came to mind, that a Punk band, yes, a punk band, from Australia i've seen a few times, Slaps, Picks and uses fingers.. all really well too.

    I personally prefer pick playing, but it's interesting to see all three used throughout a set...

    What other artists are out there who do so?

  2. UK Philip

    UK Philip

    Sep 5, 2013
    is it really punk, though?

    punk is what pop-rock bands call themselves as they dye their hair.

  3. Yeah, Frenzal are a punk band, Singing about a sack of goon.

    Edit: Just realised, all three in one song.
  4. Emma Anzai from Sick Puppies uses slapping, fingerstyle and slap usually in each of their songs
  5. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Knowing how to get all the sounds and styles out of your instrument is called being accomplished on it. And when you can do them all equally well and know when to use each of them that's called virtuoso.

    Reminds me of the matched grip-traditional grip arguments with drummers. The answer of course is you should be able to play BOTH WAYS.

    With drumbs as with bass each way of playing has it's own avantages and disadvantages. You pick the one the does the most for the music.
  6. So far there's only been one mention.. Surely theres more artists who do so?
  7. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Billy Sheehan and Stu Hamm instantly spring to mind.
  8. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Do either of them ever play with a pick? I've seen both of them multiple times and never saw a pick come out.
  9. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver, BC
    Bobby Vega and Tony Levin.
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  10. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    not very many
  11. Awesome Sauce

    Awesome Sauce Already tired tomorrow

    Dec 21, 2011
    NW Chicago 'burbs
    Bill Gould, Faith No More
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  12. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
  13. billgoodwin


    Mar 28, 2011
    Julie Slick
  14. Mute one

    Mute one

    Jan 30, 2014
    D from A Beautiful Mourning
  15. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Gotta revive this thread after having just arrived home after seeing the first two shows of the current Adrian Belew Power Trio tour. I've seen Julie play numerous times, and was already well aware that she uses a variety of techniques/styles. But the other night in Charlottesville (VA) I swear she used, at various times, every imaginable left-hand and right-hand technique known to man -- often several within the same tune -- and might have invented several new ones. Her signature picking technique alone is multifarious -- i.e., she uses different faces of the pick, with different angles of attack, etc. -- but over the course of the show she used standard (two-finger) fingerstyle, 3- or 4- finger fingerstyle, thumb slapping, thumb picking, fingernail-flicking (a la Les Claypool), two-handed tapping, and (it seemed) every combination thereof. Honest to God, I've never seen anything like it.

    Thinking about piling up all my gear in the back yard and having a big bonfire....
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  16. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Taiji from X Japan was primarily a pick player, but he could also play fingerstyle for slower songs as well as songs like Sadistic Desire, where he employed slapping (tastefully, too!) and thus couldn't really use a pick. He was also an excellent "showy" slapper and tapper, which you can hear on live solos and "Xclamation". In fact, rumors circulate that he taught X Japan's lead guitarist how to tap!
  17. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    Uhh...Les Claypool? and add that he uses bowing technique as well as others mentioned on double bass.

    Same with Sting
  18. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    +1 on TLev. If you include arco (bowing), he'd probably be the only one I know of (besides myself..)

    Sounds like John's serving up a fat 'bass-burger' with everything on it, to me..;

    John Entwitsle Band - Shakin' All Over

    I think he talks about utilizing all styles of playing, somewhere in this clip;

    Thunderfingers Promo

    Last edited: Oct 27, 2014