To pick or not pick? That is the question… that keeps being asked of Dave Ellefson, apparently.
To which Ellefson responded: "Weekend-warrior and, in my opinion, not professional bass players give me shit about it all the time. And I say that because if you were a professional player, you would realize that, while you don't maybe always have to use the plectrum, it is a desired tone, especially in the studio.”
To pick or not pick? That is the question…that keeps being asked of Dave Ellefson, apparently.one the plectrum route.
"Sting, Phil Lynott, Paul McCartney, Gene Simmons… What I find is most of those bass players, like myself, also play guitar, and they probably write most of their things on guitar and they move 'em over to bass so they can easily go back and forth between bass and guitar. I'm the same way.”
He continued, "At that point, I stop thinking about, 'Oh, I've gotta be this bass player.' Fuck that. You're just being a musician playing the parts to write the tune – you're a composer. So you just grab anything and you write the part.
"So, for me, I'm way less of a bass snob. And I'm really not into that whole thing, quite honestly – the bass snob thing. I'm really more of a composer, a player and a performer.”
What’s more, Ellefson says that the pick sometimes just flat-out sounds better.
"I've been in the studio many times, and even recently, I was playing with my fingers, and the engineer looks over and goes, 'What'd you change?' And I said, 'I'm playing with my fingers.' He goes, 'Don't do that. Get the pick. It sounds better.' I mean, like that. It's noticeable."