Haven't seen a thread on this yet. I have often heard that real bass players use their fingers and NEVER use a pick (shudder) but I have learned that a good number of famous bassists actually use picks and that a pick is a part of their signature sound. I started out using a pick (because I am a guitar player, after all) but weaned myself off because I wanted to become a "Real" bass player! Here are some iconic bass players who use a plectrum (Pick).: Chris Squire - Yes (Not just that "Rick" giving that signature sound) Mel Schacher - GFR John Lodge - Moody Blues Tommy Shannon - SRV and Double Trouble Roger Waters - Pink Floyd Paul McCartney - The Beatles I do not know about anyone else here but I will not be telling these guys they are not bass players because they use a pick!