Fingerstyle w/thumb

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  1. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I want to start using my thumb for plucking in addition to my index and middle finger. I play exclusively fingerstyle and use the floating thumb technique for muting. Since my thumb is just sitting there, I figure it could be more useful. Kinda like the way Victor Wooten plays finger style. Does that make sense? I'm not talking about slap, just using my thumb for plucking and not just muting. Can anyone point me in the direction of any youtube videos or other lessons online that teach this technique? Any tips in general?

    This is kinda what I mean:

    Not necessarily for fancy chordal stuff, though I'd like to get there eventually. It just seems to me like utilizing my thumb for plucking the E and A strings would make things easier/more interesting.
     
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    Yes! That's what I mean. Flamenco technique. Thanks.
     
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    Plenty on the 'net about double thumb technique, give it a Google.

    Here is something I found on No Treble
     
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    That's not what I meant, but that's awesome too. I just feel like my thumb could be doing more than just muting.
     
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    I pluck with the thumb sometimes, like if I'm jumping strings(E to A string). That can be a quick jump for a fingerstyle guy, especially if you're going from the G string back to E. You almost have to use the thumb there.

    I guess that's where using a pick would have it's advantages. I just can't see limiting the songs you play to that ability.
     
  9. Gorn Captain

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    That's basically what I want to do. That way, my thumb could pretty much always stay on the E string. It just seems more efficient. I've been trying it out for the last few days and I'm slowly getting there.
     
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    Sting plays that way, as well. I do it.
     
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    Actually, the guy had a point in complaining about skipping notes and not playing the completed phrase before jumping back to the main riff..but that's been resolved. Other than that, I don't want to learn from you and your one song.
     
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