Originally Posted by Davies1
Originally Posted by KingBollock
I love the Banjo, it's a lot of fun. Where a Mandolin might be the usual second instrument for a Guitarist I think the Banjo is for a Bassist. I've got a Violin that I used to be able to play but I can't anymore, it's really fucking tiny and my fingers are American sized.
I have to confess that I play Bass with a pick, though I do occasionally finger pick it in the same way as the Banjo, with thumb and first two fingers. I went through a phase after about a year of playing of always having cut fingers, so rather than not play, I picked up a pick and it stuck. I don't mind, it's a lot more dynamic than people believe, especially elitist Bass players!
When I was 12 my Dad decided he wanted to manage a band and was going to buy instruments for me and my three brothers. He had decided I was going to play Drums. I wasn't having any of that! I wanted a Radio Controlled Monster Truck! The Tanyo Lunch Box. I still want one but they don't so them as kits anymore, I don't see the point if you don't have to build it yourself... Anyway... I knew a bunch of Drummers and Guitarists at school and I was a huge Iron Maiden and Motorhead fan, so Bass made more sense to me, I figured I'd always be able to get into a band, and back then I was right. And my Dad didn't totally get his way, which was nice... He was a bit surprised but liked my reasoning and went for it. He bought two of my brother's guitars and the other a Drum Kit.
I was the only one that actually stuck to my instrument, though one of my brother's did play for a few years until one day in a temper he threw his Guitar down the stairs and broke it. The other Guitar brother might have stuck at it a bit longer if they'd have bought him a left handed Guitar...
Nice man. The only real reason I went to playing bass without a pick is an injury I sustained playing at a gig.
Was pissing around on bass in a mates band, had a new hairband round my wrist. It cut the blood off, halfway through the set my hand went numb, I couldn't grip anything so dropped the pick and played fingerstyle in agony for 20 mins or so. After the gig my hand was practically blue and I found the bastard hairband under my normal sweatband.
I couldn't play guitar for 6 months after because my hand just cramped up when I tried, couldn't play bass. I quit both bands I was in at the time (mainly because I was unhappy) slowly rehabilitated myself into playing and just stuck with fingerstyle bass. Joined new band and back to normal.
I'm not elitist at all. there's plenty of dynamic using a pick, people who disagree just can't do it because they're spastics. I'd love to see someone play a nile song on bass without a pick
Ohhh, nasty stuff dude. Glad you recovered.
Don't worry, I wasn't accusing you of being elitist! But there are plenty of them out there.
The picks I use are the 3mm Big Stubbies, they're so thick it's almost like using a finger anyway! But they're tapered in such a way that they're really versatile. Occasionally I will use other picks, such as a .60mm Nylon or sometimes my metal finger and thumb picks that I use on the Banjo. I did used to keep up with 2 finger style, just so I didn't lose it, but I stopped almost completely a couple of years or so ago. I do feel a bit guilty about it but not that much.
Do you ever slap? That's something I never had any interest in but I've been tempted to try it lately, no idea why, just sort of feel I should.
I like this guy's finger style:
I actually find it quite natural.