So yeah I was pulled in by a few friends to play Rush's YYZ at the local eclectic rock concert. I love the song, but as most of you know, it's fast, really technically difficult, and as a self-taught player, i know very little about technique. So being a fool, i find out that i can play the bass fills faster with my favorite thumb pick (the kind that allows you to switch between pickstyle and fingerstyle with no effort), and play the rest of the song faster with standard fingerstyle. I was playing keyboard of all things the act before, so i clipped my pick to the brim of my hat. (typical bassist style i hide my face under my beat up red sox hat. ) the problem was, I didn't realize it but the pick apparently fell off backstage. So i'm standing onstage going Oh S* Oh S* where's my pick?!? I looked around, and halfway through the song dove to the floor and picked up some dirty dicarded peice of plastic and managed to mangle my way through the last few fills. I absolutely hated it, and hated the stupid fool who first came up with the idea of "picks". Well moral of the story is: you can't lose your fingers. I'm never EVER going to half ass learning the technique of a song by useing a pick.