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Thumb position - thumb fretting two strings or one?

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by dodgy_ian, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. dodgy_ian


    Apr 9, 2001
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    I'm trying to sort out my thrum position playing for jazz. It's been ok for basic classical stuff venturing up and down a string but I find when solo-ing its really not great for crossing strings.

    I'm trying to play a lick (actually it's the opening lick from the piano solo in Freddie Freeloader that moves across the D and the G string. Should my thumb be fretting both strings (this seems to hurt A LOT) or jumping string to string? It's a fairly fast lick but seems really tricky to play on the upright either way and I'm really struggling.

    I've attached the lick (playing it up the 8ve from this transcription)

    Any thoughts well appreciated.

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  2. iona bass

    iona bass Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2012
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    The short answer is to have the thumb "playing" only 1 string at a time - either the G or D, NOT both at once. You should develop a spot on the thumb that is able to apply enough downforce to stop the string - not just rest/float on the harmonic node(s).

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