Pick or Fingers?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by simongpaez, Nov 18, 2005.

  1. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    Don't know if this thread has been discused but.......

    I rather go with fingers its easier for me an more natural I recently discover the sound of pick and its amazing for some kinds of music.

    What do you prefer Pick or Fingers????????
  2. picks are evil darkness. I use my fingers for playing and I like the sound of it better than the sound of using a pick, plus I always lost them back when I started and used picks instead. whatever works best for you I guess.
  3. I remember reading an ad for some type of gear or another, and the endorsing artist (Pomeroy comes to mind), had the quote "Playing bass with a pick is like putting high-heels on an elephant to help it walk." Or something to that effect. :)

    Me personally, I don't like using them, but to each their own. I think the clicky sort of sound can be accomplished with fingers + EQ if you really want it, and still give you more control over dynamics. And you don't have to worry about dropping a finger in the middle of a song. :p

    Or, you could not trim your fingernails? :) Not sure how that would work.
  4. Golly Gee Willikers!

    ...This has been done a lot.
  5. Yes
  6. CBAnaesthesia


    Jun 2, 2005
    Fingers, i find that a. it gives me more control, b. it's easier to string-skip, slap, tap, and pop, and c. i can actually play faster with my fingers than a pick. That said, i do use a pick about 75% of the time when i'm playing songs with chording, rather than doing double-stops.
  7. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    The calluses on my fingers say I play fingerstyle. ;)

    I like the sound of a pick on a P-bass though. If I had a P-bass, I imagine I'd play it with a pick most of the time.
  8. Secondhandloser


    Mar 28, 2005
    I use whatever the song requires...
  9. X Wolf

    X Wolf Guest


    I have ten digital controls and I play with at least six of them.

  10. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Fingers are more versatile. They can do 99% of whatever a pick can do plus more, picks are almost useless.
  11. Scot


    Mar 20, 2004
    Pacifica, CA, USA
    Fingers are to pick as hammer is to wrench.
  12. 60hz


    Oct 7, 2005
    It was Dan Glenn. People might care about his opinion if anyone knew who he was.

    If you can't play both ways, you might as well forget about getting any studio work. If that even exists anymore.
  13. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Cliff Burton would be ashamed...

    I probably shouldnt have posted, since this is gonna be closed soon based on what i saw with that other thread (even had the same title) but i felt that needed to be said

  14. Obviously spoken by someone who...

    1) plays fingerstyle..... or 2) has never heard a great bassist (carol kaye, joe osborn, bobby vega) who uses a pick...or 3) CANT PLAY WITH ONE...SO FIGURES THEY MUST BE USELESS!!! (my money's on No. 3).

    BTW I play fingerstyle almost exclusively
  15. This topic has been posted like 9880792867 times already. It all depends on your style, some people like the sound of a pick, and some like the sound of fingers. For me, I use both,but I actually use my index finger as a pick(I dont know if that counts as a pick or not:p), I cant use a pick, it always falls and stuff, but with picks you get more attack and treble, with fingers you get a smooth bassy tone. It depends on the song sometimes.
  16. Showdown


    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    We've had these threads before, and they always end up ugly.

    In my current band I play 75% fingerstyle, 25% pick, and slap on one song. I believe a well rounded bass player uses every technique available. If you only play one way or the other you are cheating yourself, IMO.

    Why should we limit ourselves? I say pick and fingers.
  17. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    fingers all the way, i dont care when a song requires a pick, i like playing with my fingers, thats my tone
  18. I use whatever the song calls for. I play fingerstyke 95% of the time but on some songs I use the pick to help get a song that blends in better. Love the sound of my Dirnt P bass when its played with a pick.
  19. Ninety percent fingers ten percent pick. On guitar about fifty fifty.
  20. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    Neither, I recommend this.