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 Post subject: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:05 pm 
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I have been informed that Rickenbacker bass guitars are only appropriate to be played with a pick and inappropriate to use finger technique. I have adapted the finger technique with my P-Bass. I have once tried to use a guitar pick to play and seemed a little difficult. My biggest dream is to buy a 4001 fireglow or a 4003 Rickenbacker bass and I am not sure if I can change my technique.

Please help!


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:09 pm 
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not true. Rickenbackers have a wide variety of tones and can suit many styles. It's just that the pick sound with lots of treble is the most famous rickenbacker sound (think chris squire etc...)


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:28 pm 
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I have been informed that Rickenbacker bass guitars are only appropriate to be played with a pick and inappropriate to use finger technique.


That's hilarious. No, they can be played any way you want to play them. I play almost exclusively fingerstyle, and having owned Rics and Fenders I can't say there's much difference if any in how it works.


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:12 pm 
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I use fingerstyle and occasionally a pick. Never heard that they're only good for a pick. Just watch any footage of Geddy Lee with his Ric for proof of playing with the fingers.


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:44 pm 
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Yes, it's true that you can only play a Rick with a pick... if that's the only way you know how to play.

Now, if you know how to play finger style, well, it works just fine on a Rick...


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 11:49 pm 
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I have been informed that Rickenbacker bass guitars are only appropriate to be played with a pick and inappropriate to use finger technique.
Your informant is clueless.

I virtually never use a pick on my Rick basses, even though I can play just fine with a pick. I like the pick-less sound- fatter and meatier- and it gives me a frame of reference where I am going with the next note.

Picks are fine when you need the brightness or sometimes for speed but certainly not required for a Ricke bass.


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:47 am 
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I play my Ricks fingerstyle 99% of the time.

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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
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Wow, usually the argument is the other way around.


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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:50 am 
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I have been informed that Rickenbacker bass guitars are only appropriate to be played with a pick and inappropriate to use finger technique. I have adapted the finger technique with my P-Bass. I have once tried to use a guitar pick to play and seemed a little difficult. My biggest dream is to buy a 4001 fireglow or a 4003 Rickenbacker bass and I am not sure if I can change my technique.

Please help!


Geddy played Rics quite well and never used a pick.

But Ricks are very "pick friendly"

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 Post subject: Re: Rick only with pick?
 Post Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:26 am 
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But Ricks are very "pick friendly"


I think that's the issue, people have come up with this idea by association with pickstyle players. I understand why in a way, as those pick players REALLY get heard, a more recent example being Paul d'Amour on the Tool album Undertow.

I'm with John Hall, fingerstyle sounds better to my ears. I use a pick to cop a special sound sometimes but that's it--basically the same approach I have to slapping. (Oh yeah, Rics can do that too.)


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