How many fingers do you use?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by r6mile, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. I use a pick.

    32 vote(s)
  2. I use my thumb

    34 vote(s)
  3. I only one finger.

    7 vote(s)
  4. I use two fingers.

    136 vote(s)
  5. I use three fingers.

    86 vote(s)
  6. I use four fingers.

    23 vote(s)
  7. Something else.

    17 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. How many fingers do you use to strum the strings of your bass?

    If you choose something thats not on the list please specify.
  2. Kasper007


    Feb 9, 2006
    Right hand: 2 (strumming)
    Left hand: 4 (fretting)
  3. Kasper007


    Feb 9, 2006
    If thats what you mean.
  4. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Everything but the pinkie on the right hand, and everything but the thumb on the left.

    I don't have any particularly plucking/picking technique- unless I'm going for a very specific sound, whatever finger happens to be there will pluck the string.
  5. Right hand 2 (hopefully 3 if I can ever master that classical guitar thing my teacher does that makes him sound bloody fast!)

    Left hand - 3 usually, 4 if I need to
  6. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Same here.
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Should be in the technique forum but.

    I use 2 fingers for fingerstyle and i slap with my thumb.

    Yup, im normal.
  8. whop sorry, i forgot about that. please moderators move it to the technique forum.
  9. Sane


    Dec 4, 2004
    Melbourne Fl
    3 fingers just feels more natural to me.
  10. Dragonlord

    Dragonlord Rocks Around The Glocks

    Aug 30, 2000
    Greece, Europe
  11. ibz


    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    I use every finger in my right hand to play, but I change which fingers I use for each style I'm playing.

    Ex.) Walking fingerstyle, I'll use all four fingers, but for slap I'll use 3 fingers and my thumb.
  12. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    I use my thumb mostly and also a pick
  13. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    2/3 fingers.

    3 kind of just comes in sometimes without me really thinking.
  14. Charmand G

    Charmand G

    Nov 30, 2005
    Usually two, but occasionally the third just starts without me noticing it.

    ..but sometimes, I even use a pick.;)

    Jun 2, 2005
    4 on left hand.
    2/3 on right hand.
    when i play classic guitar i use on my right hand everything.
  16. tiredman9


    Aug 15, 2005
    New York
    I use my index and ring finger, not the standard two finger which is index and middle fingers. For a logical reason too, your index and ring fingers are nearly equal in length while your middle is quite a bit longer than either, so this causes you to have to change your hand position, even very slightly, causing a more noticeable variation IMO in the tone between fingers.

    I'll use my thumb sometimes too.
  17. I generally use my thumb and two fingers on my right hand while playing fingerstyle, occasionally using my 3rd if I need to. For slap I use my thumb and two fingers.

    With my left hand I use my index, 2nd and pinkie. Strangely though, I very rarely tend to use my ring finger for general playing but if there's something I need it for, I do. I have to think about it though! Who thinks this is this unusual?
  18. It depends what i'm playing and how fast.
    I use all 4 left-hand fingers and occasonally that thumb, and for my right hand i usually use two for "regular" beats, three for triplets, four for super-fast things (well fast for me, 32nds etc). And I use my thumb and one or two fingers for slap and pop.
  19. RoMeRz


    Feb 13, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    everything but the pinky o the right hand.

    I rarely but sometimes use the thumb on my left hand to hold notes and play with my other fingers. Never use a pick - I always drop the things and they always slide round and just annoy me.
  20. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Lefthand 4 fingers for fretting and sometimes the thumb to mute.
    Right hand depends:
    Slap: thumb and index (normal)
    Fingerstyle: 1 or 2 or 3 depending on the patern (i cant use the pinky to pluck, the angle i must use in order to use the 4 fingers makes my wrist hurt).
    Tapping: 3 fingers, thumb and pinky help sometimes but i dont have enough strenght or accuracy whith these finders.