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Re: What's the point of using a pick and trying to sound like finger style?

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Posted by Charlie ( on October 16, 2002 at 00:56:25:

In Reply to: Re: What's the point of using a pick and trying to sound like finger style? posted by paige on October 15, 2002 at 23:18:28:

: The point is simply this:

: It's a technique - period - another technique. Many players prefer to use a pick, over fingers. I prefer Cheeseburgers over Bacon Burgers at Burger King - but I don't slam those who prefer Bacon Burgers over my sandwich of choice. If you don't like to use a pick - cool. I am just tired of hearing punks flippantly say "Picks suck - and players who use them suck - real players use fingers blah blah blah...."

: I have played over thirty years and use both a pick AND my fingers. Tell Steve Swallow he sucks... tell Carol Kaye she sucks as a player.... regardles of whether or not you like the style of music they play, they are giants in this industry, and they definitely do NOT suck. And they only use picks - and they do NOT slam finger style players.

: That's my whole point, my friend.

: Paige

There have been many situations in my experience as a professional bass player where I've been hired for a job where it was requested that I use a pick. There was a period in the early seventies when some movie soundtrack bass charts would specify using a pick for certain passages. As Paige stated, its just another technique, and a damned good one to have in your arsenal, whether you like the sound or not. It's part of being well rounded and ready for whatever gets thrown at you.

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