Bad Habit or Just Pointless?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by hpkbass, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. hpkbass


    Jul 29, 2009
    I've been playing bass for about a year now, and I've come to realize that my thumb (on my plucking hand) rests on the neck right next to the body. Then my fingers stretch back to the right of the fretboard. I've always felt that putting your thumb on the pick-up is uncomfortable, and this just seems better for me. I'm willing to change if it will help me progress as a bassist, but I don't know. Does this effect my tone or anything else when I'm playing? Should I change and just get used to it?
  2. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    If it's comfortable for you then it's working. just make sure there's no pressure put on your thumb and you're fine. maybe try just touching your bass with the side of your hand and not the tip of your thumb. It's something I tried out a while ago and let me move around a lot easier between bridge and neck
  3. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

    Jun 25, 2007
    Elberta, AL
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system (original test-pilot)
    Plenty of players have made it doing just as you are.
    If you want more variety in your playing, you should experiment with playing close to the bridge also.
    The strings are much taughter there and you might be able to do quicker passages more easily with a little practise.
  4. chris griffiths

    chris griffiths

    Aug 20, 2002
    nashville tn
    Endorsing artist: Gallien Krueger
    I actually wrote a paper on this once. the best thing is to practice without your thumb on the bass at all and practice using the tips of your fingers and the fat parts and then decend your thumb back onto the bass in the spot that feels comfortable and maybe it'll change. I find the more straight up and down my hand is the quicker I can play and the easier it is to articulate. I like my fingers and thumb to look like I'm holding a deck of cards. that works for me
  5. I don't know that it's necissarily bad, you'll just get a really round sound, moreso than if you were closer to the bridge. I know that when I play my Warwick, my thumb rests on the middle pickup, but the fingers are over the bridge pup, and i've never had any problems, so I'm curious to see what others think.
  6. hpkbass


    Jul 29, 2009
    Ok, thanks a lot guys! I'm glad to know I'm not doing anything that's like a huge problem or anything, but yeah, I'm gonna move around and see how I like it.