Pick or fingers?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Lozenger, Mar 7, 2003.

  1. Plectrum

    4 vote(s)
  2. Finger

    42 vote(s)
  3. both

    37 vote(s)
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  1. Lozenger


    Feb 26, 2003
    What do you use, a plectrum or ur fingers?
  2. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    i uze my fingrs but sumtims i uze a pectoral

    this topic haz ben dun all reddy

    bye bye, chicken pie
  3. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    "Finger"...but I use both. Need to add a fingerzzzz option! :D
  4. Neither.

    I use my nose.I practice nodding my head side to side for 2 hours a day, great workout.
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Fingers, and moved.
  6. Neither.

    I use my nose.I practice nodding my head side to side for 2 hours a day, great workout.

    That is too ****ING funny!!! :D :bawl: :D :bawl:
  7. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    fingers........pick as well, but not as much
  8. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Picking is for noses.
  9. way_of_opiatism

    way_of_opiatism 28d, 6h, 42m, 12 seconds

    Feb 5, 2003
  10. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    well i use my fingers like 70% of the time in my playing, but when it comes to like a punky song, i use a plectrum, to get that decent punk sound
  11. sk8boarder317

    sk8boarder317 Guest

    Mar 5, 2003
    Madison, WI
    there's just some things that cant be done with your fingers:D u gotta use a pick sometimes to get that really fast rythm going
  12. Pick...but i shud learn fingers as well....I guess coz I play punk/ska/emo etc. exclusively.
  13. You can go just as fast, if not faster, with fingers than with pick if you practice.

    I do both, but fingers about 90% of the time.

    :eek: On your bass???
  14. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    I couldn't imagine doing it any other way. They both have distinct sounds that are useful.
  15. steve_man


    May 15, 2002
    I've had no reason to use a pick.

    Love my fingers! Never really ever had a urge to use a pick.

    For the most part I really think using a pick for bass is kinda gross.:bag: but that's me!
  16. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah, I use both,
    but I am 98% pick.

    My picking style is such that I can play anything
    I want with the pick, I use a triangular heavy

    I have also developed some other tricks- harmonics,
    pull-offs, and pick scrapes that are nice fills that work well with a plectrum, so I have become entrenched in this styleafter originally learning
    finger style.

    Each to his own I suppose. Life would be boring
    if we all sounded the same.
    When you play with bush, you are in the bush leagues ... :D :bassist:
  17. atldeadhead


    Jun 17, 2002
    Finger style over here.

    I've tried to use a pick but I can't seem to get the hang of it. I guess I don't have the patience to work on my plectrum technique. For those few times I require the hard attack sound of a pick I form my right hand fingers as one would to hold a pick and I use the finger nail of my index finger. Seems to work pretty well.
  18. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Pick, fingers, slap, thumb, palm mute, tap, whatever I need to get the tone I need for the song.

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