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Top bassists who use a pick

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by AlstottMVP2, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. AlstottMVP2


    May 9, 2007
    Due to my 15 years as a guitarist before touching a bass for the first time, my left hand is very fast, but my right hand is slower. I can do the slap stuff, but when I use a pick, I sounds worlds better and can play very strong.

    My Q is, are there any top bassists who use a pick all the time?
  2. jef44


    Jul 6, 2008
    Paul McCartney comes to mind.
  3. Waspinators


    Jul 22, 2007
    South Florida
    Jason Newsted and Rex Brown. :bassist:
  4. shubball


    Sep 11, 2008
    without this turning into a "fingers are better than picks" thread:

    Flea sometimes uses a pick.

    Jaco never did.

    I use a pick in some songs, and in others I use my fingers. The reason why bassists (die hard bassists) say that picks are evil is because usually in popular bands the bassist is the singer/drummer/guitarists mate who only learnt to play cos he was their mate, and now they're famous we hate them cos we arent.

    I can answer the age old question of which is better.....

    but i choose not to. ;)
  5. Duff Mckagan comes to mind
  6. gahpg


    Jun 30, 2007
    Brookfield IL
    There's plenty out there. Off the top of my head:

    Justin Chancellor from Tool
    Matt Freeman from Rancid
    Paul Simonon from The Clash
    (Pretty much most punk bands really)
    Paul McCartney
    There's more, but i'm tired and can't remember much right now.

    Those guys will switch to fingerstyle on some songs. A good bass player can slap and play fingerstyle/pick style proficiently. Anyone who thinks using a pick is stupid is a moron, and anyone who can't do all three needs to broaden their skill set.
  7. andrew

    andrew Supporting Member

    May 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC/Pacific Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amplification, Spector, Regenerate Guitar Works, Tech 21 NYC
    If you want to here a pickplayer where you might not expect one check out Bobby Vega, who does funk and r'n'b type music very well with a pick.

    I guess it's a matter of what you consider a "top bassist" too, I think most of my fave bassist use a pick, and are very good bassists in their own right, but aren't considered popular bassists next to guys like Flea and Jaco.

    I really like David Wm Sims from Jesus Lizard, and Joe Lally in Fugazi; both creative, talented pick using bassists.
  8. xk49w


    Apr 13, 2008
    Berry Oakley was a picker.
  9. AlstottMVP2


    May 9, 2007
    Wow, I had no clue. I knew of Duff, but he was the only one I had noticed. I guess I'll stick with it. My band does a lot of 80s covers anyway, where recently using a pick has improved the attack a great deal.
  10. Lucas G

    Lucas G

    Jan 14, 2007
    masury, OH
    allen woody.
  11. bassman314

    bassman314 I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process...

    Mar 13, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I prefer to use a plectrum... :smug:
  12. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Those were the two I thought of when I saw the thread.
  13. cllsbass


    Mar 9, 2008
    Anthony Jackson's flange + pick work is incredible
  14. While John Deacon (Queen) mostly finger picked, you can see in some of the DVDs of Queen's concerts that he did use a pick on occasion...
  15. Daywalker


    Apr 13, 2005
    Justin Chancellor, Chris Squire, and Duff Mckagan are my top three pickers...
  16. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

    Oct 23, 2007
    My favorites are Sting, Ben Kenney, and Paul McCartney.
  17. John Entwistle
  18. wallybill


    Apr 4, 2007
    Tuscola, Il.
    Gene Simmons
    I never had the privilege of seeing John Entwistle, but the videos I've seen show him playing with his fingers. Which songs did he use a pick?
  19. ollie1988


    Sep 16, 2008
    dd verni - great thrash bassist
  20. Laredo


    Nov 27, 2005
    Upstate, NY
    ..............Chris Squire of YES!!!! :bassist: He is awesome, and a "pick" player! :)

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