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Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Joe Garage, May 20, 2005.
Did Flea use a pick on the Red Hot song called Parallel Universe?
Yes. I don't know what kind, though.
"The Only time I play with a pick is when I have one in my hand." -Flea.
I have nothing to add, but I like that song. I'll do exercises playing it fingerstyle, but live, pick.
Its must be real tricky to play this with fingerstyle! Is this the only song he use a pick? Not that Its important, Im just curious.
No, Flea uses a pick on other songs as well. Pretty much whenever he feels like it.
I did this song with a (now defunct) cover band and I actually thought he recorded it fingerstyle, so I also played it fingerstyle. It was quite a challenge, to say the least. I use three fingers so it worked pretty well, but I really had to practise regularly so I wouldn't run out of stamina during the song. It was an ... interesting experience.
Fortune Faded is also played with a pick. If you're interested, I read somewhere that Flea uses a Dunlop Tortex .60mm...
...Wow, my girlfriend's right, I am full of useless information...
http://www.musicplayer.com/lounge/setups/flea.htm here it is
it's not THAT hard to play without a pick. i think sometimes i'm actually faster with my fingers, but then again, i almost always play fingerstyle nowadays.
I play it fingerstyle, it's not that hard, it just requires some stamina, fun to do..
You could play it by flicking your index finger back and forth over the string a la Geddy Lee on 'Animate', it's quite a similar line.
Just a thought.
yeah, that's another way to go, although it won't give you the workout you get from alternating I-M
Dunlop Tortex .60
i used to play this with 2 fingers back in the day, my hand felt it would pop off after a minute or 2. good for building endurance.