Posted by JerryP on January 10, 2001 at 11:29:15:
In Reply to: What kind of pick for bass? posted by Bill B. on January 09, 2001 at 21:23:39:
Bill, I'm with Thlayli and some of the others. When I pick, I prefer a thick, extra heavy gauge pick. I find the response to be more immediate and, when I want a more percussive and biting attack, I simply can't get it with softer picks--though some other posters apparently can. I use traditionally-shaped picks (various brands) and switch between the pointed and more rounded corners to vary the attack as desired. I also don't break heavy picks as often as softer ones, but factors other than gauge (picking style, pick materials, e.g.)
also affect the frequency of breakage.
I'm a devotee of Carol Kaye's flat-wristed picking technique, and I know she uses and recommends only heavy picks. Nonetheless, as you can see from the responses you've received, there are a variety of opinions and practices out there. I think you have to try different gauges, brands, shapes and materials and then determine your own personal preference. The varied responses you've received will hopefully give you some factors to consider and some things to look for. There is no right or wrong answer; just different horses for different races. Right, Nickey?
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