Have a gig this weekend--playing at my 40th high school class reunion--and we're closing with Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol (on which I'm also singing lead). The bass line is easy, but relentlessly fast (for me). In rehearsal, I've been having a hard time keeping the pace picking with my fingers, so after last week's run through I finally said to myself: "I gotta play this song with a pick." Spent a week playing using the pick (large Fender medium gauge) and final rehearsal last night. I was able to keep the pace and the sound is amazing. Tremendous attack and really helps with the tone cutting through the mix. I'm playing a P with flat wounds. Been telling myself for years that it would be too complicated to learn how to use a pick, but now I'm thinking I'm going to try to expand my pick usage. We've got a bunch of other tunes in the set that will benefit. I'm still learning and it's going to take a while before I feel totally comfortable, especially with crossing multiple strings between notes. Still, I'm kinda psyched about the whole thing. I think it's going to open up a lot of sonic possibilities.