about Nickey's negative comment on fingr vs pick

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Posted by DM on December 19, 2000 at 12:49:47:

Nickey's comment to PanteraFan's 12/10 post regarding fingerpicking vs. using a pick:

Fingerstyle, fingerstyle, fingerstyle.
And let's all say it together

Any kind of music that needs a pick sound is so easy to play you don't need to practise it. If you want to play the bass -> fingerstyle
If you just want to hang out with band guys then you can play with a pick.

My response to his comment:

The message in your comment is basically "If you play w/ a pick then you're not a serious musician." That is a friggin' stupid thing to say. And I'm sure you thought you we're being pretty clever too. But who are you to suggest that someone playing bass with a pick doesn't take their music seriously? I know some guys who devote their entire existence to playing music - and to be told by someone that they weren't serious because of their chosen style of playing would be taken as a personal affront. There are thousands of "pick-players" that would probably beat your ass if you made that comment to their faces. On top of that, there are those that might physically not be able to play with their fingers - Are they not musicians then? Should they simply strive for just "hanging out with band guys"? According to you they should, since they'll never really "play the bass" unless they use their fingers.

When you start trying to categorize musicianship soley on the TOOLS used, rather than actual skill and devotion to the craft, then we may as well all line up and accept our "standardized instruments" and dress the same, play the same, and sound the same. It's also sad that you will come in here, make such a flippant comment, yet not even offer a supporting argument for it. You haven't even returned to defend your position to the long list of follow-up posts. You've only come back once to make another "funny" comment. So before you decide to judge other musicians, make sure you can back you up the crap you dish out, otherwise STFU.

Now, I agree that most of the "greatest" players primarily use their fingers. HOWEVER, I venture that none of them would suggest that they would be lesser musicians (or that others would be) if they didn't use their fingers. Being a musician is just as much, if not more, a matter devotion and attitude than technique. You can be the most technically competent player in the world, but if you play for the wrong reasons (fame, attention, money, women, etc.) then you aren't a musician. Musicians play for themselves. Whatever instrument they use, and HOWEVER they play it, is secondary to the fact they ARE PLAYING MUSIC, and thus should be supported and congratulated, not criticized if they don't use what some may consider the "right" tool for the job.

That's all. I welcome any comments or other opinions.

Good day! -DM

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