What pick players and what songs to listen to.

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Hipnotic, Jan 20, 2004.

  1. Hipnotic


    Feb 26, 2002
    CT/NY U.S.A.
    Hi everyone. I was looking for suggestions on what songs and bassists to listen to for some tasty pick style bass playing.

    I've been playing fingerstyle and slap for years and recently I have been using a pick a lot more than I used to just to do something new. Lately I've been impressed with the bassist from Tool. Also I've heard some tunes from Yes that had some of Chris Squires pick playing.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on some Yes tunes or any other bands and songs I should check out to hear some really impressive pick playing bass? Thanks. :bassist:
  2. walkinglines30


    Oct 30, 2003
    Check out Immigrants song and heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin. Two great bass lines I love to listen to. JPJ used a pick for those songs but played with fingers more.
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Anthony Jackson-
    The O'Jays' "For The Love Of Money"
    Also, Al Dimeola's Casino album.

    Did Squire use a pick or a Quarter?
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    How 'bout "The Wanton Song"?
  5. Wildside


    Jan 12, 2004
    theater of pain
    I think Duff from GnR was a great pick player. He wasn't at Chris Squire's level technique wise, but a lot of his lines on the Appetite album were pretty cool and it really grooved well. He helped provide a great backbone to one of the best rock albums I've ever heard so in that respect I think he should get his props.

    Mick Cervino (Yngwie Malmsteen's current bassist) has awesome chops and plays with a pick a lot of the time, though he plays fingerstyle too. His bass solo spot during the Yngwie shows is amazing and so is his solo album "Ostinato"
  6. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    "Everybody Dance" by Chic
    "Roundabout" by Yes
    "Taxman" by Beatles.
  7. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I love Chris Squire's playing on "Heart of the Sunrise."

    I think Rickenbackers (didn't he use one?)NEED to be played with a pick. If I got a Rick, I'd force myself to get good with a pick. They sound so great.

    Chris Squire
    Uh... drawing a blank, wasn't Roger Glover the Deep Purple bassit with a Rick?

    But to break it down... Rick + Pick = Sick!

    And I mean that in the cool surfer term.
  8. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I don't know if you like punk rock but anything by Rancid has some pretty amazing bass pick playing going on. "Maxwell Murder" comes immediately to mind.
  9. JWBass


    Jul 20, 2001
    Levittown, PA
    Listen to anything Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead, etc.)plays. He's pretty much exclusive to playing with a pick.
  10. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    Good call, I'm surprised this thread went on for as long as it did without a Matt Freeman mention.
  11. ptuckerbass


    Sep 12, 2000
    Orlando, Fl.
    Steve Morse has used some great pick playing bassist over the years. The tunes are a little dated, but you'll here some excellent playing.
    Check out some of the samples on these links.

    The Dixie Dregs "Divided We Stand".
    Andy West plays some great stuff and really locks it in the pocket.

    The Steve Morse Band "The Introduction"
    Jerry Peek played on this. Solid, great player.

  12. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    getting warmer
    Steve Swallow if you're into jazz.
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Justin Chancellor of tool..
    Check out:

    Forty six & 2
  14. Speaking of Maxwell Murder, my band is going to be playing that at our school talent show and our next gig.

    I'm thoroughly excited. :D
  15. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Kraan with Hellmut Hattler on bass
  16. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    I always forget about that guy...as does everyone here, too!

    Pre-Morse, Peek played in a Fusion band outta NC called 3PM(2 guitars + bass + drums).
    Was that a Guild bass Peek played?
  17. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    I'll second that Phil Lesh vote. He's been playing with a pick longer than most of us have been alive! I think on most Floyd albums, Roger Waters used a pick with old P basses. Mike Gordon uses a pick about 80% of the time. I just love the sound of a plectrum on a graphite neck.
  18. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA

    AHAHAHA, that's what I was going to name my band if I was even in a four piece punk band... except it would have been Japan Four... JAPAN FOOOOOOUUUUUUURRRRRRRR!!!
  19. I wish I could take credit for the name.
    Alas, I'm the newest member of the band.

    I had a bass-off of sorts with the previous bassist and... he was kicked out of the band.

    Japanfore is MxC (middlecore) to the extreme.