Pick Your Battles

When I was first learning the bass, I wanted to play like Geddy Lee. I couldn’t even begin to understand what the hell Geddy was doing, but I knew I liked it. At age ten, I was confused as to why he didn’t use a pick like a guitar player, so I began to investigate the matter. I noticed that the bass players who were regarded as the best all played with their fingers. So that’s the way I started playing: because real bass players—not lost guitar players fumbling their way around a bass—play with their fingers. Fingerstyle playing connects the body to the bass; you can feel the groove, imparting your essence through your fingertips. Plus, you need tough calluses to pull it off, and those calluses then become something to brag about, like badges of honor.
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