clayton style

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fretbuzz, Aug 13, 2001.

  1. can anyone tell me if adam clayton plays with a pick or fingers?
  2. I think he uses a pick, at least on the earlier U2 stuff.
  3. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    i think he uses mainly pick, but i have seen him using fingers for some songs
  4. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    mainly fingers these days

    p.s. i think adam clayton is one of the most over-rated bass players EVER. talk about right place at the right time!:mad:
  5. qsoxy


    May 4, 2001
    On TV I saw him play "beautiful day" with fingers
  6. CEGroove


    Aug 7, 2001
    San Diego
    From Mr. Clayton I have learned that less is often more. I love how he knows when *not* to play. My favorite bassline from him would have to be the one in "Velvet Dress." It was hearing him live that finished my conversion from guitar to bass.

    As to the original intent of this thread. I think the current thinking is dead on - namely, you can hear picks on early U2 recordings with less and less over the years.
  7. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001

    we will have to agree to differ
    (although unlike people like Jack Bruce, Duck Dunn,
    Paul Mcartney etc where less IS more,
    I think in Clayton`s case.....less is Deffinately LESS)

  8. oddentity

    oddentity Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Ok, he's not Jaco, but he is perfect for U2.
  9. purple_haze


    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    Clayton plays with both a pick and his fingers. And it wasn't just picking on the earlier records, he plays fingerstyle on "With or without You" and that was in 1987.

    And, IMO, he's one of the most UNDER-rated bass players ever. His lines always work with the song and he has a great sense of rhythm. His work is always about genuinely bettering the song and not being showy.
  10. stephanie


    Nov 14, 2000
    Scranton, PA
    I think Adam plays with both a pick and fingerstyle nowadays. I think it all depends on the song.

    I think he used a pick more in the early days and pre-U2 (i.e. The Rickenbacker days! LOL) when they were still in their punk-influence. (If you ever heard some early U2 demos much of their stuff that didn't make it to Boy was very raw.)
  11. CEGroove


    Aug 7, 2001
    San Diego
    Well it appears I agree with the opinions of oddentity and purple haze but not bggeezer, although I will agree to disagree with bg on this one. After all beauty is in the ear of the beholder.

    Don't be surprised though, bg, if one day you are at a U2 concert and Mr. Clayton moves you with his fingers and his pick.
  12. bggeezer

    bggeezer Guest

    May 25, 2001
    i have seen u2 about 10 times over the years
    (i was one of the 9 people in the lyceum ballroom in 1980 ish)
    i used to love u2 (up to the big lemon tour)

    the joshua tree was one of the best albums ever made!

    however adam clayton is only an ok bassist i`m afraid. i) look at the u2 tabs in this very talkbass
    ii) how could he be anything else with edge playing so fat and full?
    th th thats all folks
    p.s. dave evans was born 3 miles from my house
    in barking dont tell ME from U2
    p.p.s actually Two Hearts (beat as one) from WAR
    is a pretty good bass line
    p.p.p.s so is sunday bloody sunday:confused:

    oh my god CLAYTON is a BASS GOD!;)
  13. CEGroove


    Aug 7, 2001
    San Diego
    I'm glad you saw the light
  14. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    I think adam is in awesome bass player, and my last name is clayton too