1. Whenever I try to use a pick, I notice it sounds really muddy, due to the ringing strings in the background. What is the traditional way to mute strings using a pick...is it palm muting? Or something with the left-hand? 2. When picking on a bass...do most people use a soft pick, or a really heavy one? I don't see why you would use a flimsy one, but I was just asking other people's opinions.