Do they even really exist?
Okay, well, yes. But are they true???
Let’s separate fact from fiction. Misconception from… conception. What’s your favorite bass myth to bust?
Or if you’re not sure if something is bass myth or bass truth, put it here and we’ll put our best detectives on the case.
My favorite bass myth to bust - “pick is better than fingers” or “fingers is better than pick”
REALITY: I’ve never heard any professional musicians debating about this. Pick and fingers are different techniques that yield different sounds and tendencies. Neither of them are right or wrong.
Even in genres where pick or fingers dominate, there are always bass players who go the other way and make it sound great. For example, when you think “metal bass,” you probably think “pick playing,” which is true… but it also isn’t! Steve Harris of Iron Maiden tears it up with his fingers.
Jeroen Paul Thesseling of Obscura plays fingerstyle FRETLESS and it sound great. (warning:weird growly vocals )
Myth busted! Your turn!