Re: must be a sin

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Posted by Pat Harrington on October 29, 2000 at 14:56:10:

In Reply to: must be a sin posted by mitch on October 29, 2000 at 10:42:44:

: why in the hell do bassists who use a pick get so much disrespect? this "fingerstyle snobbery" pisses me off. just because we play with a pick means we're not as talented as someone who prefers their fingers?! what kind of nonsense is that?

: look, not every damn bassist in the world is into slap/pop and funk bass! in fact, some of us HATE that sound and technique

: I use a pick because it feels so right and natural to me and I love that the percussive piano-like tone that I get. Nothing can cut through a wall of Mesa/Boogie-fueled guitars like a heavily picked bass. (I play a B.C. Rich Custom Shop Warlock with EMG active bass humbuckers through an Ampeg SVT Classic head pushing Ampeg 8x10 and 2x15 cabs)

: okay I feel better now
: just my 1/2 cent

>>>>> Don't be ashamed Mitch!...There are many GREAT players who
use a pick...Chris Squire, Greg Lake, Roger Glover, Carol Kaye,
McCartney to name a few...Whether you play with a pick or
use your fingers, both have advantages and disadvantages..
My advice---Learn to do both...I just did 4 hour gigs, one
on Friday night and one last night...I use about a 50/50
pick/finger technique, and my right hand and fingers feel
fine...I pick gives me power and stamina, fingers provide
speed and articulation...My choice of method depends on
the song...

Pat H

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