How do you rest your thumb?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bass87, Apr 12, 2003.

  1. I was just wondering how everyone rests their thumb whilst playing fingerstyle. Do you:

    • Keep your thumb resting on the pickups and not move it?
    • Float your thumb up and down depending what string you are playing?
    • Or have you thumb hanging freely, a la Jamerson?

    Or does anyone else have any other technique?
  2. moley


    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    I rest mine on either the pickup, or the E string, generally. When I'm using the E string, I rest it on the pickup, otherwise, I rest it on the E string.

    PS. Still haven't corrected that dire misspelling of "Kurt Cobain" in your sig? :D
  3. I rest my thumb on the E string or pickup as well.

    But I hate those thumb rests though
  4. Still haven't noticed it's deliberate?:D
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    they float....

  6. sambass


    Apr 15, 2003
    either on the pickup or B (sometimes E) strings. and on the fretboard for some flamenco
  7. Right now I rest on the B string (5 string) but I want to practice the floating technique. That would solve a lot of my muting problems.
  8. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I play all of those ways.