Posted by Pat Harrington on December 19, 2000 at 22:04:28:
In Reply to: about Nickey's negative comment on fingr vs pick 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.
>>>> Geez, that's kind of an ignorant statement; obviously somebody who
hasn't listened to much music. If you think pickers are so lame,
check out "FISH OUT OF WATER" by Chris Squire, or try to cop the
nasty 5/4 ostinato beginning of "ERUPTION" from Emerson, Lake, & Palmer's
"TARKUS" suite. Squire and Lake are two of the finest Pick players
(and bassists) for that matter, ever to pick up the instrument.
I don't care how you play, with a pick, your fingers, or your big
toe, the picked bass work on those two records is just devestating...
Try some of those licks IF YOU DARE!!!!!!!!
My advice to all bassists still remains the same: LEARN HOW TO DO BOTH!!
I play 5-7 gigs a month, the gigs are usually about 4 hours long.
I use about a 50/50 mix of both techniques. Fingers for speed, intricacy
and articulation, and a pick for POWER and STAMINA. I NEVER get any
blisters or right hand trouble...No sense in BAGGING on somebody,
to each his own, but consider what I've said above....
Pickin'(sometimes) and a grinnin'
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