Awesome Pick Player - Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

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  1. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Check this kid out! His name is Cody Wright. Groove galore...and then some.

    Cat plays with a pick and kills!

    Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
     
  2. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    ...hey, I don't want to sound like a pick hater. I dig a lot of pick players. I hope I am not the only one thinking this dudes playing style is awesome and playing like that that is a bit tricky with or without a pick.
     
  3. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
  4. JazznFunk

    JazznFunk

    Mar 26, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    Yup... Cody is a friend of mine and fellow Asheville music scene mate. He was/is also a killer guitar player (which helped get his pick skills together I'm sure) but his pick technique is definitely unique even among bassists. Very energetic and aggressive. Super nice kid too!
     
  5. jimc

    jimc

    Sep 17, 2002
    New Carsmell, CA
    With a pick, like a man.

    :bag:
     
  6. deathsdj

    deathsdj

    Sep 18, 2010
    Wichita, KS
    He is definitely talented and totally rocks.

    Not really my style of playing but still interesting to me as I play with a pick too. I never got the anti pick thing.

    Cheers!

    MJW
     
  7. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    He's killer, but I don't understand why it's significant that he's using a pick---if you mean one doesn't usually play funky styles with a pick, I would point you to Anthony Jackson for one. And have you ever heard Bobby Vega? He's a funk machine. He filled in for Rocco in Tower of Power. Actually, this kid's playing reminds me of Vega. Using a pick for funk actually makes perfect sense--the attack, clarity, etc.
     
  8. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    You are quite right. Again, I didn't mean to make this into a pick debate.

    It noteworthy though because cats playing this genre with a pick are definitely still in the minority.

    As long as there are still idiots out there bashing pick users, we need to show off more examples like this guy.
     
  9. MCS4

    MCS4 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2012
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    People don't usually play funky styles with a pick, even though Bobby Vega and others have proven that you most certainly can. That's why it is worthwhile to spread examples of other players doing so (as the OP did here) so that more folks can learn about it.
     
  10. pbass2

    pbass2

    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Yes, right you both are. I guess I was on a little passive-aggressive rant there! Obviously we know where I stand on the pick for funk issue:)
    I remember, I was living in the Bay Area when Vega was doing the TOP gig, and I recall the only people I knew who ever had any issue with him filling in for Rocco, playing pickstyle, were bassists who never actually heard him play!
     
  11. Yoshishito

    Yoshishito

    Aug 22, 2013
    Vega, funkiest dude in New Balance shoes.

    Seriously, awesome story teller in person. And hey..if Mr.Prestia is okay with it. Im okay with it lol.

    Ive always felt incomplete not being versatile with pick playing. That hole needs to be plugged.

    His new vid i saw on notreble, think it was called Mercury..love watching how he tucks the pick in ring finger and back pick, etc.
     
  12. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    These guys were in Providence last night; would've gone if I had known (and didn't already have a gig :)). Very cool stuff!

    :bassist:
     
  13. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I really dug that!!!
     
  14. pnchad

    pnchad

    Nov 3, 2005
    Very nice

    How's their repertoire? It's a pretty limiting lineup of instrumentation.

    Sounded like a little synth - couldn't see if he has a Roland midi pup
     
  15. jongor

    jongor

    Jan 11, 2003
    Maine
    WOW!!!
     
  16. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    I enjoyed that, thanks
     
  17. That is the coolest drum kit I have ever seen.
     
  18. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I'm pretty sure that was just an octave up on the solo...not a synth.
     
  19. ltfunko

    ltfunko The official Talkbass profile of Cody Wright Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2011
    Fort Collins, CO (Asheville, NC)
    Endorsing Artist: Zon Guitars, Ampeg, Dunlop/MXR, TC Electronic, GRUV GEAR, EBS, Tsunami Cable
    Correct, it was an octave up effect on my Boss ME-50B.
     
  20. Rickengeezer

    Rickengeezer

    Feb 25, 2005
    Central Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Steve Clayton Accessories
    Speak of the pickin' devil....nice job, Cody!
     
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