all you double thumpers

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by b0nes83, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    is it just me? after doing this technique for over 2 years now (thumb up and down)my left 1/2 of my right thumb nail is a differnt shade then the other half. my left side is very white and smoth, while the right half is a lighter pinkish color. anyone else seein this? peace
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Not yet.

    But I have VERY hard nails. I ruined some scissors too :D
  3. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    My right thumb is a mass of bone anyway due to it being broken (by my wife!!:D:D) so it sort stays the same no matter what.
  4. Not me. I think its just you. I wouldn't be worried about it, though.
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yeah, when I first started practicing it, I was worried that I was gonna wear all the way through the nail.
  6. *ToNeS*


    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    way hardcore :cool:

    where can i find some info on this famed "double-thumbing" technique? it's about high time i got stuck into it like a mullet to Jeff's cranium :D
  7. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    its a simple idea.. instead of bouncing your thumb off of the string... hit the string on your way down but follow through and smack the body of the bass w/ your thumb... then hammer a note w/ your fret hand, then pull your thumb back up, hitting the string again on the way... instant 3 notes.

    in practice its really hard.. and gets harder if you do it on any string other than the G string... if you want to hear it done well, listen to "classical thump" by Victor Wooten, or that entire album for that matter...
  8. b0nes83


    Dec 14, 2000
    i can play fast sixteenth note octaves from the A string to the G string...but i cant get them as fast on the E string to the doing a thumb down up than index and ring. works out well. peace
  9. I haven't noticed any changes to my thumb (haven't been doing it too long) but I remember getting a huge blister on my index finger when I first started double-thumbing. I'm not sure if I was popping more forcefully or if the change in technique caused me to pop with a different area of my finger.
  10. Yup it's darker on one side, I've noticed that on my index and middle fingers. My fingertips are darker then the rest of my hand too, they seem to frame my fingernails so well too...
  11. in my crazy naive, and slightly perilous way, i've been trying to teach myself double thumbing from what you guys at TB have been saying... but until i read the last few posts, i've been trying it on the E string and wondering why it is so bloody hard... crazy :D

    oh yeah... :eek: you're supposed to use your thumb nail... how much more dramatically wrong could i have been... i've been using the side of my thumb, as if i was slapping it... gutted... maybe i should buy a video, instead of making it up as i go along... :rolleyes:

    simon a
  12. mcbosler


    May 12, 2000
    Plano, TX
    It also helps a lot when first starting with the technique to use smaller strings (0.95 or even 0.90 on the bottom). This makes the first part where you go through the string with the thumb a lot easier. If you still have trouble, lowering your action helps too.
  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I don't use my thumbnail, I brush the string with the side of my thumb.
  14. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    dont get at me for this but what is thumping and double thumping?
  15. For me, slapping came very easily and I can keep up (thumb slapping) with our drummers double kicker, to some people's amazement. This I don't understand but it seems very easy to do because of the light strings on my bass. Anybody else in the same boat?
  16. mcbosler


    May 12, 2000
    Plano, TX
    I've been double thumping for about two discoloration to the thumbnail. Then again I bite my nails as a result of school (going for the biochem degree and all), so I'm only using the flesh at the end of my right thumb.
  17. JOhnk


    Mar 31, 2001
    burlington, vt
    no discoloration.. but i seem to have worked up a pretty serious callous. such a callous, that it frightens children and small dogs.
  18. it looks like your a recliner wearing a big fat teamster, that would scare me!
  19. Gopher Bob

    Gopher Bob

    Nov 24, 2001
    How exactly do you "double thump"?
  20. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    nah man. vic doesn't wear his thumbnail out, he is doing all of that wit his mouth. ;). besides. who ever heard of A bass player that stands out in a band. geeze :)... I haven't done a lot of double slapping.. I'm mostly finger style, but I decided to learn it after working on classical thump.. I do slap some, but not really in a band situation unless its a solo.. even then its reserved.. no discoloration yet however :)