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I accidentally learned how to play bass with a pick.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mantis Tobaggan, Mar 22, 2021.

  1. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    Long story short, I still play bass with friends, love my Fender P, jam at least once a week, but for the past two years, I have been 95% dedicated to guitar. I play guitar every day and started a band about a year ago playing guitar. For the first year or so, I tried numerous sizes and thicknesses of guitar picks before settling on one that I always use now. (Dunlop Gator Grips .57 mm) So I have a ton of various picks lying around.

    So, for about 25 years I played bass guitar finger style. It is how I was taught. I played in bands almost the entire 25 years. I play finger style 100% of the time when playing bass with a band. I can also play slap and I can also play thumb-style but I usually do these things when playing around by myself. However, I have always been terrible with a pick.

    I picked up my bass yesterday and was playing through my Ampeg SVT AV and 810. I was loving it. I grabbed a dunlop pick, 1 mm gauge. I discovered that after two years of playing guitar almost daily, I can now play bass equally as well with a pick as I can with two fingers. I can play everything I can with my two fingers using a pick. I never thought that would happen but wow. I was having fun yesterday getting that pick sound and rocking out with a pick. I really never thought I would be able to do both equally. Learning guitar (with a pick) is a phenomenally fun and effective way of learning to play bass with a pick.
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2021
  2. Bass4ThePublic

    Bass4ThePublic Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2019
    Kansas City
    Yep, love playing with a pick, especially on my Fender Jazz. I am a firm believer in learning how to play with fingers and pick, it makes a more versatile bassist and a better paid bassist.
  3. Malcolm1935


    Feb 5, 2021
    The thicker pick can make it all come together.
    When I used a pick I went with a Dunlop Big Stubby 1.00 up to a 3.0. Might give the thicker picks a look see.....

    Happy trails.
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  4. Nightmara


    Oct 28, 2020
    I had a similar epiphany yesterday. You can really punish the bass playing with pick
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