Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JustOpenYourMind, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. what kind of picks are you using (if you're using one) and how are you playing neck-middle-bridje position and why ?

    I uses Jim Dunlop tortex .88

    I used to play just beside the bridge with a really thick pick, (a teacher told me to do so) but now a play in the middle with a medium pick because I found that I liked the tone better.

    I don't answers like pick sucks play with your fingers.

    As a matter of fact I play just as well with my fingers than with a pick.
  2. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    I use JD Tortex ones. I dunno how many .MM they are but they are Blue.
    I also use thin ones when i play Chords
  3. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    when i use a pick i play with a jim dunlop big stubby 3mm, i quite like it but the real reason that i play with it is because i lose my picks all the time, in pockets, on the train, in the street, on my motorbike........(i wish)
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I use Sharkins, the red thin ones.
    They have a very narrow tip, which allows you to play without string noise, and their thinness gives you speed.
    My theory is that you need thinner picks for bass than for guitar, to balance against the thicker strings. So you can play with minimal movement and great speed. I can even do sweep picking, a la Frank Gambale.
    It's great for frustrating your guitar player. :D
  5. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    why do you prefer thinner picks JMX? when i first trieed playing with a pick i used a really thin one, 40mm i think, and it made horrible noises when it folded and scraped over the string
  6. Most of the time now I use a fat pick, holding it very close to the end, picking gently. I pick near the neck, at around the 26-28th frets (if they were there).

    The other thing I do is palm mute heavily and pick with a little more force. That's an interesting sound sometimes. Very little sustain.

    Another thing I do is use the pick and my finger together to mute.

    I used to use a thin pick because it wouldn't make the string wobble everywhere and rattle. I still sometimes like that sound, but not very often.
  7. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Its a matter of trial and error. I have used many thickness and shapes. I use several different picks depending on the music. I use a thinner pick for faster songs (.83), and thicker for heavier songs (1.26).

  8. Duff_Man182


    Jul 28, 2001
    Miami,Fl USA
    i usually use the orange tortex's (.60) they're just really easy 2 use
  9. warwickbass


    Dec 8, 2001
    I use a Jim Dunlop Jazz 3, it hs a very nice tip and is a small pick so when you go over big fat bass strings theres less of the pick to move back and forth. I pick up tward the neck it comes very natural to me and i think it gets better tone.
  10. i use a jim dumlop super stub whenever i play pick, (i usually play finger or slap) i really like this pick because it's nice and big and has indented circles on either side for better grip. i play pick between the pickup (split 1s like on fender precisions) and the bridge but closer to the pickup, i play it here because it's in a similar postition to where i play finger and i just find it the most comfortable
  11. I play with Dava Control Picks. I don't know how thick they are or nothing, but I use them for one reason: they feel the best on my fingers.
  12. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    clayton 1.00

    I play between the two pickups
  13. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    stubby 3mm and 2mm. they sound so fat

  14. 1.14mm Dunlops when I use a pick, though at I have a hard time with it sometimes because I wear my bass pretty high for a metal band, I use it mainly for palm muted stuff, and pinch harmonics with distortion, or playing on top of the bridge for a far off tinny sound thats cool in moderation. But it usually doenst give me the punch I like. That and I keep droping the damn things when I use them. And I keep loosing them...Damn it! I CANT FIND THEM NOW THAT I WANT TO USE ONE!!!
  15. Modulus Graphite 1.0mm, right by the end of the fingerboard for optimal wrist angle.
  16. o1x3w3a2h


    Dec 14, 2001
    Cheektowaga, NY
    i use dunlop big stubby 3mm, and pick in the middle
  17. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    I play 50/50, Pick & Fingerstyle and I us Dunlop .88 Green Tortex for picking.
  18. HERCO Flex 50 picks. Nylon. i don't know how thick they are, but they're adjustable in how they react to the strings... the further up you hold them, the "thicker" they act, the further back, the "thinner". i usually play with my thumb tip right on the edge of the bottom line of dots, right between the neck and the first pickup when i play with a pickup. it's the one i'm most comfortable with, the perfect length/thickness (for me), and any other pick that i play with breaks before the end of practice/gig and i don't like the way they react to the strings.
  19. I use Dunlop .88 picks. They sound the best I've tried. I play right over the pickups (on a P-bass).
  20. I use Jim Dunlop 1mm thick picks. The black ones. I play wherever feels the most comfortable for the song I'm gonna play.