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Thumb Technique

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

  1. Savaaris


    Mar 1, 2013
    Are there any other thumb techniques other than "floating thumb"? Im just curious if there is could you pleast describe?
  2. Matthew_84


    Nov 7, 2010
    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

    Nov 14, 2006
    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

    Jul 18, 2009
    Deep East Texas Piney Woods
    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


    Mar 5, 2014
    West Yorkshire, UK
    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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