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Picking?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bostich36, Mar 14, 2013.


  1. bostich36

    bostich36

    Feb 13, 2013
    Hello all I'm new to playing bass (only a few months) I want to start playing more punk rock but I'm having a really difficult time using a pick? Does anyone having any picking techniques or suggestions they'd like to share?

    -Thanks
     
  2. fearceol

    fearceol

    Nov 14, 2006
    Ireland
  3. bostich36

    bostich36

    Feb 13, 2013
    Thanks! Both links are really helpful!
     
  4. Schmorgy

    Schmorgy

    Jul 2, 2012
    Canada
    The pick you use can also help. I find guitar picks are a little too flimsy to hold well when used against thicker bass strings. I prefer the "Dorito" style picks that are closer to a perfect triangle with curved edges.

    They look like this: [​IMG]

    All the pick brands should have the same shape.
     
  5. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    After only a few months you shouldn't be expected to be good at any aspect of playing bass. Picking takes practice.

    I use these:

    61P6a6ExreL._SY300_.
     
  6. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Braintree
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    LOL .... Dorito....great way to describe this pick shape and size, no going to be my term of choice.:D
     
  7. tappingtrance

    tappingtrance Cooke Harvey Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2005
    Same pick I use. Been playing for 40 years just started picking 2 years ago and now I rarely play pop covers with fingers. Motown and fusion still get the fingers. Take your time and practice slow with all combinations of up/down strokes.
     
  8. Schmorgy

    Schmorgy

    Jul 2, 2012
    Canada
    Also, to get that punk rock "chug", instead of hitting the strings perfectly perpendicular like on a guitar, try striking them on a bit of an angle so that the pick kind of grinds against the winding. You'll go through more picks like this but it softens the attack and, Imo, gives you THE punk sound.
     

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