I played classical guitar before bass guitar and the transition was relatively easy in terms of technique as the hands do similar things. When it came to plectrums I didn’t want to know. It just felt so unnatural and difficult. Years later I finally took the plunge and I’m glad I did. From blistering funk to fast-paced, chugging rock, a plectrum is a great tool for any bass player.
This video lesson takes you through five crucial aspects of playing the bass with a plectrum:
- How to hold the plectrum
- Where to position it
- Pick angle
- Constant motion – staying in the groove