Re: Finger style vs. Pick style


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Posted by Dan on December 10, 2000 at 22:13:57:

In Reply to: Re: Finger style vs. Pick style posted by Alfonso on December 10, 2000 at 12:47:43:

: : I know hundreds of new players have asked the same question over and over again, but which is the best way to play, Finger or Pick?
: : Thing is, I've got pick nailed down perfect, and I can play pretty complicated basslines doing it(I just cracked 'All Around The World' by The Red Hot Chilli Peppers), but I cannot get the hang of finger style. I seem to pull the string instead of pluck them when using my fingers. I can play with my thumb, but that's bassically the same as a pick.
: : I get confused when I see Jason Newsted use a pick on all songs, but then Timmy C. from RATM only uses finger style. Help!

Is there anyone else out there that uses three plastic fingerpicks on bass?
I have used them for 30 years and can produce more melodic noted with a greater variety of attack sounds than I ever could with bare fingers. Think of the sound having the speed and rhythm of a steel guitar or banjo but lower frequency.
(I am not a country musician) I just use the technique.
If you use effects the instantaneous attack of the pick triggers the effect much more than the smooth initial sound from your finger rolling off the string. If the finger picks are heavy enough they can also have a hammer effect.

Dan




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