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Posted by Carol Kaye on December 29, 1999 at 03:30:03:
In Reply to: Re: I'm a guitarist turned bassist and need some help posted by Ben on December 25, 1999 at 11:22:25:
: Hi, Ben. I agree with everyone else, playing with your fingers is worth the blisters and pain! But, if you are absolutely against it, so be it. A felt pick is nice way for pickin' bassists to achieve a smooth, thumpy sound. I think that it is the closest that someone who picks can get to a fingerstyle sound. I usually reccommend felt picks to new students who come to me playing with a nylon or plastic pick.
: Slapping is really cool, but it takes a lot of practice to get your thumb accurately hitting the strings cleanly. Don't give up! It will come with time.
: Practice hard!
Make sure if you play with a pick, it's a hard one. That's the only kind of pick that gets a nice deep sound like fingers (with the treble pots a little down in volume tho' too). And pick closer to the neck than back by the bridges, with a flat wrist and you'll have easily, a lot of easy power and can play all night without much effort, down on the down-beats and up on the up-beats in strokes (works well with the flat wrist but not with the guitar wrist that guitarists mainly use, the wrist needs to lay down practically on the strings. The reason for the hard pick is for great sound, that will cut through, the felt pick (while interesting) will not get a good sound, is not distinct enough to cut through anything. Felt is great for ukulele tho'. You can hear my soundbytes on my website -- they're all with a pick, but you'd swear on some, it's fingers.
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