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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:01 pm 
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For proper technique, your pick should not flex at all.

Not necessarily. There is no set "proper technique." If what you do works, sounds good, and doesn't injure you or destroy the bass, then your technique is good. This is true whether you use a pick, your fingers or a hammer.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 11:20 pm 
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For proper technique, your pick should not flex at all.

Not necessarily. There is no set "proper technique." If what you do works, sounds good, and doesn't injure you or destroy the bass, then your technique is good. This is true whether you use a pick, your fingers or a hammer.


I agree, you do what you have to, to get the sound you want.
...you've been taking a hammer to your basses?!?! LOL ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 2:53 am 
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Fingerstyle 99%....I don't actually ever use an actual pick but I use my index fingernail like a pick for a few parts of some songs.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
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I was about 8 feet from Geddy Lee once at a concert (back when he used a Ric) and I noticed he has loooong finger nails on his right hand and it looked like he was using it back and forth like a pick


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 7:26 am 
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Anybody else have some bad experiences with other players because of using a pick? A couple people have acted really condescending towards me because I use a pick mainly.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:45 am 
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My picks, when i use them are made by clayton, they are 1.52mm. If I can bend the pick. i dont need it.:)


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:49 am 
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Depends what I'm doing. For playing live, it's usually just the fingers. I'm more spontaneous with the fingers, especially for improvised jamming.

For the studio, where it is a certain thing played over and over until it's perfect, I usually use the pick. It's cleaner for recording perposes. Unless it's the fretless, which is always finger-picked for me.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:24 pm 
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Anybody else have some bad experiences with other players because of using a pick?


Somebody once asked me: Do you play with a pick yet or did you learn to play bassguitar now?


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 11:57 pm 
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One question for any of you thumb slappers. Do you set your action really high? Whenever I try this method on my normal low action the strings hit the frets so hard that the individual notes don't really come through.


My action is pretty low and it sounds amazing on my '75 4001, although (gasp) I have J pickups on it. The slap sound on my other 4001's sound pretty nice as well. I learned to slap on the Ric so I'm not sure if I developed my style bases on the Ric. My right hand is very close to the neck when I slap.


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 Post subject: Re: Finger play or Pick that's the question...
 Post Posted: Wed Dec 07, 2005 1:17 am 
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About 50/50 depending on the song and who I'm playing with.


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