1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
     
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)
  2. The purpose of this forum is to solicit input on newsletter content.  Paul L. from Threadloom (threadloom_paul) is testing algorithms that will select threads to feature as "popular" in upcoming weekly emails.  He has access to this forum and will be posting here shortly.  Thanks! - Paul D.

Bad technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Xavier, Sep 16, 2000.


  1. Xavier

    Xavier Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2000
    CA
    I noticed lately i have been using my left thumb on the fret board when playing a note on the e-string. Is this a bad habit?
     
  2. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    Yes, VERY bad. It forces your left wrist into a really bad angle, and if you do it often enough for long enough, it can lead to damage or injury. One thing in particular that you will have to look forward to from doing that would be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). I have it in my right hand (non-playing cause) and it's not fun.

    Your left thumb should be behind the neck, the tip on or near the middle of the back of the neck. If you do this, and don't have the bass hanging around your crotch :eek:, your wrist will be fairly straight, and you will lessen your chances for harming yourself. Also, it lets you get all 4 of your fingers on the fingerboard, eliminating the need to use the thumb to fret any notes. Hope that helps.
     
  3. Albino_Ryno

    Albino_Ryno Guest

    Sep 17, 2000
    Knoxville TN
    Ditto... my little brother started playing like this and it took me months to get him out of the habbit. As soon as he got used to playing normally he could play faster and more complicated pieces much easier.