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Thumb Technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Savaaris, Apr 6, 2014.


  1. Savaaris

    Savaaris

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    Are there any other thumb techniques other than "floating thumb"? Im just curious if there is could you pleast describe?
     
  2. Matthew_84

    Matthew_84

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    Toronto, ON, Canada
    I use a floating thumb with a combination of thumb plucking. I bend my thumb at the second knuckle (closest to the tip) to pluck, and I keep that knuckle over the lower pitched string to mute it.
     
  3. fearceol

    fearceol Supporting Member

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    Ireland
    There is what's known as the "Moveable Anchor" where the thumb rests two strings above the one being plucked.

     
  4. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

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    Not what you are looking for, but, I use my thumb instead of a pick or fingers, i.e. I sound the strings with my thumb.

    Came over from rhythm guitar and used a pick for awhile, did not like the sound the pick gave so just started using my thumb.

    Flats, some sponge rubber at the bridge and palm mute do what I need. BTW I get a double bass sound with this setup, which I like. Check this out. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/foam-rubber-mutes-398011/
     
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  6. Dougie1316

    Dougie1316

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    I use a movable anchor but for the distance of 1 string rather than 2, I'd say just go for what's most comfy,
     

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