for electric guitar i use fender medium. This is mostly due to the fact that i like a heavy string on my electric as well. On accustic and 12 string i use fender thin. Both of these are tear drop shapes not the triangle. I buy in bulk and dont worry about wear or losing them.
For bass i use my fingers. I dont know or understand why people use picks on the bass but i guess it could have some advantages.
My brother who used to play bass used an eraser (you know, the little rubber thing used to erase pencil) that he would trim down to the right shape. He said he liked the tone but i think it would be too thick.
les claypool, flea, and bootsy collins all have a very crisp clean sound. its very defined. there is no slop at all.
none of them use a pick.
i know there are others that do, but the way i look at it is if im not holding on to a pick then i have potentially 5 "picks" on that hand. (in reality for me its more like 3 but you get my point) with the wider space between the strings and less "strumming" a pick seems like a nice way to play less notes.
If i could get my big ol' fat fingers between the strings id play guitar that way also.
Back in my bass-only days, it depended on the song. When I went through learning every McCartney bass line from the Beatles, a pick was (almost always) required. I tried many picks, but ended up with something hard to find these days: Felt picks. The linked ones are by Grover and are more similar to the ones I used to use. There are Dunlop's available now that are a bit more durable. Felt picks are quite messy, but do muffle the clicking that often accompanies playing a bass with a pick (or just turn down the tone control ). For a while, I was using a stone pick, but once the polish wore off it, it was useless (you can "resurface" them by putting them in a rock polisher....too much maintenance for a pick). I phased out of pick playing during the end of my wedding band days, mainly because It's hard enough to sing and play bass, and using my fingers requires less processing (but I did the same as you Kuzi16; plucked harder and upped the treble). These days, there are gobs of pick choices for bass (well...online...not always in your local shops), but If I get a hankering to use a pick on my bass, I use the ones Digitech sent me with the "free" gig bag offer on my pedal. They are Digitech named, but are about as thick as two Fender Heavy's together, but are very soft (is there a hardness scale for plastic?) and don't have much "click". I don't know who made 'em, but they are perfect for bass.
I use Dunlop Jazz 3's (black only - the red ones seem too glossy). I'm not really a jazz player, more blues and rock, but they feel right to me. Everything else is too soft. I strum pretty hard, and yes, I break alot of strings. I use my fingers alot too. I'd rather play with no pick than with an unfamiliar type of pick.
I sometimes use a pick for bass, mainly because I'm not a regular bass player and my fingers get either blistered or tired or both, so I resort to a pick when that happens. I prefer to finger pick on bass, but my fingers aren't quite as keen sometimes.
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Back in my bass-player days I played with fingers 95% of the time, but there were always one or two songs where the effect I wanted was only possible (for me) with a pick. Regular plastic picks were just too bright, but felt autoharp picks were perfect.
Easy. For my Strat I use Fender 351 Heavy Picks (the standard Fender pick) - now in moto red.
For my 12 string and acoustic I use Fender 351 Medium Picks (also the standard Fender pick).
I've been trying out the Dunlop Tortex .6 (orange) and 1.0 (blue) picks lately but haven't been converted. Their tone is different - a bit more muffled. They lose their grip after time and become slick and easily dropped. In addition, they get sharp and jagged edges after use. One thing you have to remember, the Pros that use these (john frusciante and others) have new ones for every show...sometimes every song...and get them free. I'd use 'em if they were free, but I don't think they're worth it.
You might be surprised to see how simple most pros keep it. Eric Clapton: Ernie Ball Heavy Keith Richards: Fender 351 Heavy Picks Pete Townshend: Fender 351 Heavy Picks U2 (Edge, Bono, Adam): Herdim Nylon (Blue) Dave Gilmour: Fender 351 Heavy Picks, Dunlop Jazz...actually he uses quite a few. Mostly the Fender though. Take a look at his mic stand sometime. There's about 4 different picks mounted to it.
Fender medium . And only the red , white , blue ,& black agregate color , you can see 'em on a black amp in a dark bar . I use a pick & fingers technique ala Arlen Roth (and others). Don't usually break them or drop 'em Well , I dont really play out much anymore so the dark bar isn't a thing , but the color has become one of my cliches. lpf3
I've played bass for a long time, and just used my fingers. On very rare occasions I've used a felt pick...I still have one laying around...
One thing I used to use "back in the day" were plastic finger picks.
I used them to basically hammer the strings on the fretboard rather then pulling the string. It gives you a very aggressive growl and you can play much faster runs. You can also make it sound like a poor mans popping technique.
Styles change and I haven't used them in a long time. I think my cat ran off with them...
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