What do you think? Do you play with a pick? Your fingers? Both? Why?
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4 Replies to “Stop picking on pick players!”
My view is whatever gets the job done , use it. I enjoy very much using both. After starting with a pick, then switching to fingers (because I kept losing picks), now I went to using both. After listening to Paul Goddard, Allen Woody ,Berry Oakley, and Bobby Vega it seems a pick is quite useful. On some basses I prefer it always.
I like trying to use the pick. It definitely produces a different sound and feel. I love Bobby Vega’s tone and I am a big fan of Cody Wright, both pick players. And it certainly seemed to work out for a certain bass player in the most famous rock band in history.
I have always played bass with my fingers but now I am fighting arthritis in the first knuckle of my index finger and so I’m trying to play with a pick. Since I can use a pick on a guitar, the mechanics of playing a bass with a pick aren’t too foreign but the bass tone is different. Not a bad sound just different. Since Sir Paul used a pick AND fingers why can’t I. I just want to continue playing.
Of course you can! Go for it!! Plus for many styles, pick is the thing to do. Keep rocking! Wish you well for your fingers!