I am a professional session bass guitar player. Bass playing is my full time job and I am lucky to be able to make a living out of my passion and do what I love each and every day and that is, to groove with and to make melodies with the sweet sounds of the bass guitar that I so dearly love. This particular post addresses playing bass guitar and using or not using awesome guitar picks.
As a bassist that has been playing for over 20 years, it is only up until now that the issue of bass picks has come up. Before I was a session bass player, I was a bassist in a fusion jazz band for 10 years. This fusion jazz band required me to only use my fingers to play bass and to never have to use a plectrum. This suited me fine as I had only ever learnt how to play with my fingers. Even before bass, I learnt guitar with my fingers.
Now that I am a session guy, I am required to play many different genres and styles of music. A great example of this is when I was in studio recording a session for an Indie-rock band. They had a song that needed a tremolo picking, fast paced bass line. I initially played it with my fingers which was perfect and in time with the metronome but it just did not produce the same sound that a guitar pick does.
It has quickly become evident to me that using a bass pick is now a necessity for me if I want to carry on as a successful session bassist. I’m writing this because I am looking for tips from anyone who is a bass player and has experience using picks. I saw a great article on guitar pick zone that lists awesome guitar picks and that talks about this topic in-depth. Any other input from bass players would be great.
I look forward to tackling this challenge and I look forward to updating everyone on my progress with this as I go along and get familiar with introducing this aspect into my playing. It will definitely be a challenge but in order to be a great musician one has to be challenge him/her to be the best possible artist they can be.
Great lesson about Bass technique.