Using a pick (newbie)

I tried using a pick the other day. It is not as easy as it looks. “Planet Earth” has a very simple bass line in the opening bars, but it is not as easy as it looks.

What are tips for getting those (what seems to be) 16th notes? Where should the pick go? Near the bridge or further up?


Edit: Is there a way to play 16th notes finger style? I am sure I will learn this later down the line, but still curious.


Well, yes, it’s like 8th notes, just faster :grin:

But, yes, it is possible - it just takes some practice…

Also: there is a pick thread here in this forum already, where you might want to re-post to get the attention of other pick players!


Pretty sure John Taylor plays it fingerstyle.

That’s my favorite Duran Duran song btw :slight_smile:


Have you seen this?


Wow definitely using a pick there. I’d have sworn it was fingerstyle :slight_smile:

Picking the root+octave in the transition part looks pretty fast but fun to try.

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