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Constant pock noise

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by et0518, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. et0518


    Feb 3, 2018
    When i use a pick on a bass guitar theres always this annoying clicking sound whenever i play. What can i do to minimize pick noise? My picks are 0.9 mm thick
  2. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Two answers come to mind. Play with your fingers, or notch out around 1 k. With a parametric eq.
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  3. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    The Carol Kaye pick method wasn't helpful? How many hours did you spend practicing her suggestions?
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  4. et0518


    Feb 3, 2018
    been practicing the CK method for about a week now. Still trying to get things worked out.
  5. Try a thicker pick. A 2.0 to 3.0 may do the trick. That is the thickness I used, when I was using a pick. I'm now using my thumb. I like the sound of my thumb better.
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  6. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    If that's true, you clearly haven't been doing it right. All of the problems you reported in the thread you started earlier today are exactly the problems you wouldn't have if you were correctly practicing the CK method. The clicking sound you're reporting here is the least of your problems: You should focus on getting your technique together before worrying about this one.
  7. Turn the treble knob on your amp down to zero.
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  8. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
    Plus one. More like how many weeks.... !!! Sometimes it can take quite a while to master a particular technique.
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  9. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Try a nice thick Dunlop Primetone 5mm.
    A nice dark tone.
    It will eliminate any pick noise.
    It slips off the string with no effort. Dunlop Primetone 5mm.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2018
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  10. Bassbeater

    Bassbeater Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    So many possible reasons. Picking too close to the bridge. Thin pick slapping. Hitting the strings before you pluck them. Improper attack angle. Using a pick. -I play both guitar and bass. I always use pick on guitar, almost never on bass. I'm sure you can find a ton of youtube videos that will let you compare your technique with others and help you find the tone you are looking for.
  11. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    It could also be clicking on the other side of the nut or bridge. Try padding the strings near the tuning pegs or by the bridge to see if it goes away.
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  12. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Try to be more patient with your progress. Learning to play the bass takes months and years, not days and weeks. Set realistic goals and methodically work toward them a little bit each day. :)
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  13. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Is the noise coming out of the amp, or are you hearing it directly from the strings?
  14. JKos


    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    Besides technique, pick material and thickness makes a difference, too. Some make more of a click than others.

    - John

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