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which way to play

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by 10-4bassist, Jul 6, 2004.

Best way to play

Poll closed Jul 15, 2004.
  1. Play bass with a pick

    13 vote(s)
  2. play bass with fingers

    138 vote(s)
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  1. Which way is the best way to play, i am just wondering which way would be the way to get the best sound out of the bass
  2. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    PLEASE not another pick or fingers thread.

    1) Overdone thread.
    2) At worst, it could be in technique.
    3) More people use fingers for a reason ;), at least make sure you can use both.
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    It's better to be able to use both.
  4. danshee

    danshee Banned

    May 28, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    I use my fingers for just about everything. On occasion though, I will rip out a pick for a metal song for that Megadeth type sound. Get good with both. Trust me, they are both very worthwhile to learn.
  5. ok thanx i am new at the bass, i just started like 2 monthes ago and i just wasn't sure but thanx 4 the help
  6. Jones_5s


    Feb 24, 2004
    Quebec, Canada
    play the right way with your fingers and leave the picks for guitarist, you can acomplish the same thing and a hell of a lot more with fingers then picks, picks suck.... :spit:
  7. *sigh*...
  8. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    There is no better or best here. Whatever serves the music best should determine the technique.

    Every bassist should be able to use both
  9. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    True.. Very true!! I especially like "Whatever serves the music best.."
  10. danshee

    danshee Banned

    May 28, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    This is like way way way overdone. Everyone from here on out, Learn with them both!!!!
  11. IN before the close.

    I use both, but 80% I use my fingers. The finger option includes slapping too, I assume.
  12. bazzanderson


    Oct 7, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Chris Squier
    Bruce Foxton
    Matt Freeman

    There are tons more really great pickplayers out there. Don't let anyone tell you either is right or wrong. Whatever feels comfortable to you. I started with pick and moved to fingers a long time ago because of the whole "fingers are better picks....bassists that use picks suck" mentality. I'm much more proficient with my fingers than I'll ever be with a pick but I wish I would've practiced both equally. I'd love to be as proficient with a pick as I am with my fingers. I think picked bass tone sounds great (especially P bass). I can get close to the tone with my fingers but never nail it. Take my advice...Practice both!
  13. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Play the only proper way, with your toes. :D
  14. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Once youve played a lot you will realize that the pick is a tool for special ocations such as singing and playing the bass at the same time.For me fingerstyle is good if you change beetwen techniques frequently fingerplaying->slap->tapping->Thumping->double thumping.
  15. Learn both. It's good to have different sounds for different situations. The bite and the "up and down" articulation of playing with a pick is preferable in some circumstances to the rounder sound of fingerstyle, but nothing can replace fingerstyle for those deep, groovin' moments. Being versatile makes you a better bassist.

    Russ :bassist:
  16. Which way should you play?

    Always play with your amp facing south.

    The opposite would be true in the southern hemisphere. :bag:

    Mike :D
  17. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'm surprised this thread is still open..
  18. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    *shrug* Just learn double-thumbing, it's a nice compromise between both! :D

    I can't get used to a pick for fast songs, but it's still in my arsenal.
  19. keb


    Mar 30, 2004
    Power drill, man.

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