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Discussion in 'Ace's BASS Place' started by Ian Ashdown, May 29, 2020.

  1. ThebiggestJerk

    ThebiggestJerk Senior Stratmaster

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    Both are correct and do what’s comfortable.
     
  2. davidKOS

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    Seeing that your avatar shows a string bass, the other option is bowing. :)
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    Me in my youth on bass.
     
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    I found that a plectrum on string bass doesn’t quite work as well.
     
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    When she recorded with The Wrecking Crew Carol Kaye typically used a pick with a felt mute over her strings which allowed her to use the kind of attack and variations she's known for while controlling her tone and dynamics.

    She began as a jazz guitarist so playing with a pick came very natural to her. Now contrast her style to that James Jamerson who was a stand up bassist and played his PBass fingerstyle with just his index finger.

    So there all kinds of variations a bassist can use playing both with a pick and fingerstyle to produce the tonal response and nuances in style each of us develops. I do both and have since I began playing bass.
     
  5. Rattlesnakedaddy

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    It is good to be proficient in both. I am most comfortable playing finger style, and find it easier to get most of the tones I want playing that way. However, there are some songs that that the crisper attack of the pick works better. Someone more skilled with pick, might find things the opposite.
     
  6. JDug

    JDug Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    Check out Bobby Vega, a Fender J and P bass guy, he plucks and picks!
     
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    JDug Strat-Talker Gold Supporting Member

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    When I first got into bass, I played with my fingers because it was “proper”.

    I just now say whatever feels better for you, and what kind of sound you’re going for.
     
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    I actually play guitar with no pick because I have more control. I started that way because I start playing bass first.
     
  9. edro

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    Both.... depending on the music...

    Some play with pick exclusively, some fingers... Both have their place....

    P picked everything... It worked for him very well and helped the tightness in my opinion... Thought the song was a bit cheezy even though it hit... More a lesson in tight... P picking with a pick on a P... ;)

     
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    Thanks for sharing the video, she is amazing. I am going to pattern my bass playing after her skills. I just got a crazy cool Fender Jazz Bass... my first 4-string bass. My Bass Six is going on Reverb.
     
  11. Triple Jim

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    She has some books and other teaching material on her website.

     
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    Carol Kaye is just one of a dozen or more bassist we can all learn from and adopt some of their styles and techniques into our own.

    As far as playing with a pick goes it's pretty clear she and McCartney are two of the best but Carol Kaye recorded in many styles during her career. She's just a great musician.