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Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

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Bass Artists Forum · 3/11/2001 5:10 AM
I've never seen Sabbath live, and I've never even seen live footage of them on vid or tv. So if any of you know, please tell me. Does Geezer use fingers or pick? And what bass does he play? I'm guessin' Fender, but I may be wrong.
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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

3/11/2001 7:41 PM

Maurice Afram (1688) wrote:

fingers or pick?
yes (he uses both)

he plays a fender, but if i'm not mistaken it looked like he was playing an aria at times during the reunion tour (he's also know to play an 8 stringer, not sure of the brand though).

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3/14/2001 8:30 PM

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From what i've seen (which isn't that much) he plays with majority fingers and sometimes a pick and i know in the old days of sabbath he used fender P-basses. But since the reunion he uses Vigier basses, i think they're french , check out the website, i can't remember it right now but search for vigier basses and you'll find it.

--Jeremy--

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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

3/14/2001 9:04 PM

Ken Francis (4610) wrote:

He was also using B.C.Rich basses for a while (before or during G/Z/R) I think now he's playing the Vigiers, but back in the old days...he played a Fender Jazz Bass that was super modified. I think he plays with his fingers too.

~Ken (thesonicdude)

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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

3/17/2001 1:54 PM

Bart Loosvelt (164) wrote:

Well, I only recently got to know mister Butler by watching the video of their 'The last supper' tour. I must say I got really impressed, especially the bass solo he plays just before the second tune is really very powerful.

Now, I've watched the video only once till now, so I may have missed some things. But what struck me in his playing is that he uses fingerstyle, but he really spreads all picking fingers quite wide. He in fact seems like stretching all fingers as apart as possible, and then hits the strings quite hard. The effect reminded me somewhat to the ony electronic typewriter thingies that use a single weel with all characters instead of a single hammer for each letter. The entire weel rotates to get the letter in the correct place, then the weel slams against the paper to print. I guess that's the closest thing I can compare his fingerstyle to. He really seems to use his whole hand, with action coming mostly from the wrist as it were. Most of us while picking keep the wrist fairly steady and move only our fingers. Not here. But almighty what a bass player... I knew Sabbath from earlier but it never struck me so hard how powerful their bass was till now.

In the video he also explains that he originally was a rythm guitarist. When joining Sabbath he took over the bass part and, as he said "I didn't really know what the bass was supposed to do and I just started following the guitar". Try and find the video if you want to see and hear more. It's really good.

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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

3/23/2001 10:51 AM

Joe Locke (1098) wrote:

i seen him play on video from playin live and man is he fast. i watched him play Paranoid his finger were all over the place

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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

3/23/2001 4:57 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

i believe he plays fingerstyle. it just sounds like he has a pick because he can play pretty fast. then again, i'm not really a noted authority on the music of black sabbath...

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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?

3/23/2001 10:28 PM

Billy Blanks (948) wrote:

He plays with his fingers. Steve Harris sounds like he uses a pick (even though he doesn't) becaue of that amazing sound he has.

Even though i can't do it, speed can be achieved with fingers too.