Hello, I know many despise the pick, but I have come to embrace it. I love the sound that many of my favourite players get from it. Problem is, I'm still not quite sure how to use one. I can strum chords on a guitar nice and easilly, but when I transfer this approach to bass I get an awfully scratchy sound (I'm not hitting any other strings I'm not playing), no matter how thick a pick I use. This is especially true in the case of upstrokes. The one benefit of this approach is that I arm/shoulder/wrist is very relaxed and feels comfortable. This has led me to the following questions: 1. Should the amount of resistance that the pick encounters when making a downstroke be the same when making an upstroke? If so, how is this achieved? 2. Should the path travelled by an upstroke be the exact revers e of a downstroke? 3. How do I get rid of this scratchy sound? Does the pick just need to be worn in? 4. Is it really easier to play faster with a pick? To me it seems as if it would be just as much work as any other technique to get a fluid and even sound. If anyone has any any answers/advice to my questions they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.