I do not mean to offend anyone who plays with a pick! I am confused. I mainly play with my fingers, and have gotten very, very good at doing fast runs for a long period of time. But I sometimes also play with a pick because I'm writing a bass and guitar song that requires the bass to have good attack and let the note ring out. This is where the, "I mean no offense to pick playing guys out there," part comes in. When I play with a pick, I kinda feel dumb and self-conscious about my playing. If I can avoid playing with a pick outside my living room, then I avoid playing with a pick. Don't get me wrong, there are certain times and places for picks. One of my all time favorite bassists is Jason Newsted and my second is Roger Glover from Deep Purple. My question is, is there anything to be feeling dumb about? I've done that on stage, I see guys walking in and I'm playing with a pick and the next song, whether it needs a pick or not, I just shred with my fingers. I don't get the feeling of needing to 'prove myself' in other areas of life, just bass playing. Once again, I mean no offense.