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In my experience it is a little easier to lock with guitars playing with a pick, especially if you are playing metal which also tends to be very rhythmically straight. That, combined with the harder edged attack, makes playing with a pick slightly more obvious for that style, especially in the more modern sub-genres. Of course there are a lot of great ...


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+ Pick Perhaps the most relevant advantage of a pick is that you can do palm mute, which is pretty useful on bass (in fact rather more useful than on guitar). IMO that's about it, though! As far as the string-plucking itself is concerned, a pick has no real advantage over good finger technique. Some points that pick-proponents tend to make include "It's ...


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I play both, and when I pick up the guitar, out comes the pick, generally, but with bass, I've never used anything but fingers, and occasionally, thumb. I often wish I could play more guitar with digits.Strumming chords is more effective with a pick. That doesn't often happen on bass. The flesh of fingers gives a better sound on bass, as often it's a ...


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They sound different, and the sound you want is going to affect your choice. Fingers are softer than plectrums, so give a softer, warmer sound. With a plectrum you can use alternate picking to play fast patterns, but skipping strings is a bit more fiddly. With fingers you can play two strings at once (not that many conventional pop/rock bass parts need it) ...



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