Easy Question

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by wintersleep, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. wintersleep


    Mar 29, 2005
    I'm starting to play bass on my own. ATM I won't have any instruction on how to play.

    I hear a lot about different finger styles, like "slap", however as a guitar player I think it would be easier for me to use a pick.

    I've never payed the bass much attention before this- will I be able to play it the same way I play my electric (with the pick), or will I need to shape my hand differently?

    Desperate question for a desperate n00b :spit:
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    IMO, the fretting hand needs/requires a 'different angle' than that of a guitarist.
  3. HunsBassist


    Oct 3, 2004
    Orlando, FL
    But it's not all that different. Just sit down with the bass and a pick. In a couple minutes you'll have the hang of it. It's a good idea if you play guitar to start with a pick. Then, after really getting in tune with the instrument (not literally), you can branch into fingerstyle. Then eventually slapping, popping, finger tapping, etc. Have fun learning!