Hello everyone...i just signed up on this site today. word. Anyways, I noticed below under the "thumb gard" thread there was a little discussion on who bridges, or "anchors" as you guys were calling it, their thumb while they play bass. I used to, and i did for a little while. Then i went to not anchoring it, and it took a little to get used to it and build more strength, but i can do it fine. How long have all of you non-anchorers been playing bass for? and how long have you been playing as a non-anchorer? I've been a bassist for almost 14 months now, and i've been a non-anchorer for lets say about, hmmm, only 5 months or so...but i can do it like a pro!