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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by boabski2k, Feb 15, 2009.
I am interested to see what the majority is.
Any others leave details please.
I use all three. I mostly play fingerstyle, but I do use a pick and my thumb on occasion.
mainly fingers but I do use a pick for some songs
I came to bass from playing those nasty 6-string things with thinner strings, and playing with a pick came with me. Although, I find that with a bass I prefer smaller and thicker picks, like the Dunlop Jazz IIIs.
i dont think i could play any faster, or cleaner with a pick or slapping.
I play with my fingers unless the bass line needs an extra BOOM to it, then I'll use my thumb. No slap and pop or picks, fingers or thumb only.
I used to use a pick, then I switched to my fingers as my nails started separating from the skin of my fingers. I loved the tone with a pick but fingers seems a bit more fitting for what I am doing.
I can also play much much faster then using a pick.
Fingers Mainly, it feels more personal when playing with my fingers,
after that i slap and pop
and pick the least, but stil a bit
Mostly fingers. Some old school slap and pluck.
I voted for both.
Depends on the song and musical genre. Whatever the music calls for.
Fingers, slap, tap and thumb on occasion.
Like most others here I'm a lot faster with my fingers than with a pick, and I like the tone I get from striking the string at different locations. Voted for the last 3.
I use my fingers and a pick. Some stuff, like Tiran Porter's lines on the Doobies stuff needs a pick sound, whereas Motown and funk stuff requires the fingers.
Fingers always. Just feels like I'm having a direct connection to the bass that way. Although sometimes I dig the tone of a pick, but never use one unless I'm on a guitar.
Fingers 90% of the time.
Pick whenever called for ... typically for me its used with palm muting for a real percussive sound called for on some Stax-type stuff.
A little slap/pop...depends on the song; currently in a blues band, not so much funk called for.
I think the sound you are trying to achieve typically dictates the style you use. That said, I think a more interesting poll would be: "Which style do you least prefer to play?"
Pick. Since 1972.
To the OP's original question, OTHER... which REALLY means, all of the above. But, finger-style is what I'm more comfortable with.
While I have no problem playing with a pick for guitar , I just never liked with bass. I play with my fingers 98% , if I want a real woody tone I'll use my thumb.
It depends on the song I'm playing. I use; fingers, fingers & thumb (classical guitar style), slap/pop, pick, tapping, pinch harmonics, tap harmonics, and ebow (once I replace the one that was stolen from me).
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