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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Austin7, May 6, 2001.
I play with my thumb on the pickup. Anyone else? If not, where do you play?
i usually rest my thumb on the E string.
If I'm playing the E my thumb is on the pup
If I'm playing on the A my thumb is on the E
If I'm playing on the D my thumb is damping the E+A, or is playing the E or A kinda spanish guitar style
If I'm playing chords I might be using my thumb to pluck the E or A string.
if I am using a pick, my pinky seems to rest on the bottom of my g string...if I am using my fingers, thumb is generally on the pick or occasionally on the pickguard.
yeah, i play that way, unless i wanna play something really trebly, then i play near the bridge and float the thumb.
If i'm using my fingers it's on the but if i'm using a pick it's not.
Yeah, I play with my thumb on the p-up, unless it is in use for something else.
I used to put it on the E string when I could, as some of the others in here do. But we play some fairly hard music, so when I did this I went through E strings like crazy, they would usually break on the hit of a song, (if the hit was on a string other than the E) so I quickly got out of that habbit. I guess the added stress on the E was just more than it is designed to sustained over a long period of time, so bummer.
When I'm doing staccoto fingerstyle and want a really gravelly sound I do.. Other times, when I really need speed, I keep my thumb on the side of the neck and play up by the frets.
I play like this when my thumb isn´t floating..
My thumb mutes all strings lower than the one being played. It simply floats and rests on the unused strings. Best way to go.
I use my b string but I dig holes in the bass.
Yeah, my thumb never moves from the neck pickup.
Rest? Heck no! I use my thumb to play. It hardly ever rests.
I normally play like that but if I am using a five or six string I like to rest my thumb on the B string when I reach farther across the neck.
That's how I usually do it too. But sometimes when I'm playing on the G-string I'll rest it on the A.
i personally put my thumb on the neck pickup, but do what's comfy for you. i will never let another player, save the late jaco, tell me the "right way" to play bass. playing is all about developing style and feel, so if what you do doesn't severely hinder you, and it sounds good to you, then screw everyone else. that's how it is. us bass players are a needed resource, so we're the ones with the upper hand. a band that'll kick u out for how u play is stupid.
I move my thumb to the string below whatever I am playing.. for me it helps me have an even attack on all strings and it helps muting A LOT.
It feels really natural to me.. I began playing with my thumb rested on the pickup or E string, but I can't even bring myself to do that anymore.
Every once in a while I will pluck with my thumb.. especially if I am palm muting. I might use it to strum a chord if need be, and my thumb is in the right place. And I also slap with it, but that's not important to this topic.
I don't look on pickup thumb resting to be a bad habit. It's just a matter of what you are more comfortable doing and what works. (I've seen articles that adamantly declare that there is one right way to do it.. nothing infuriates me more than that).
i used to play with my thumb resting on the pick up. now i rest my thumb on the fret board and play with my fingers very close to the fret board (basically on the fret board) to get a sort of geezer butler sound. wiht the right settungs and technique, you can get a geezer sound too!
I rest my thumb on the pickup nearest to the neck.
When using a pick i just relax my arm on the body.
thumb on the pickup for the e- string
thumb on the e- string for everything else