finger rest

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by patrickroberts, Mar 29, 2001.

  1. patrickroberts


    Aug 21, 2000
    Wales, UK
    why do some basseshave finger rest below th strings, i mean i would think that they would be above the strings...y is this?
  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    For people playing with their thumbs (NOT slapping).
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    Yep, Angus is right. In the childhood of electric bassdom the most common way of playing was to rest the hand on the "finger rest" while plucking with your thumb.
  4. brewer9


    Jul 5, 2000
    Yuck! How strange. I cant imagine how awkward that would be.
  5. ytsebri


    Sep 1, 2000
    :D Isn't an interesting fact that the electric bass was created, not for bassists, but for guitar players. For many years upright basses shunned the instrument and considered it a novelty that wouldn't stick around. BTW, the "thumb" method was the easiest to use for guitar players who were used to playing pick. Back then, they wanted the meaty, boomy sound of playing w/o pick. And I guess, being guitar players, they couldn't figure out any other way ;).
  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Actually, it's not that bad. My '69 P-bass has a handrest below the strings and it works wonderfully, especially when you have a pickup cover on the bass too.

    Brian Wilson used to play thumb style.

    Will C.:cool: