How To Use A Plectrum On Bass Guitar

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
  • Anchoring
  • Pick angle
  • Constant motion - staying in the groove

Like anything, it becomes much easier with practice and I'd urge you to give this fun bit of plastic (other materials are available) a go!


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