Left hand thumb?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Ben1123, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Ben1123

    Ben1123 Guest

    Dec 3, 2008
    Escanaba Michigan
    Where is your left hand thumb supposed to be when your playing? the way i am playing now it hurts my thumb because i am pressing against the back of the neck with it.

    Pics of your thumb in correct position would help alot
  2. You shouldn't necessarily press your thumb into the back of the neck. It should be there, but just enough pressure to keep your hand stable so you can press the strings down enough to produce clear notes. Quite often beginners will overcompensate for these things and it can lead to hand health issues down the track. Your thumb position will changes dependant on what you're playing at the time, so adopt correct technique but it should be comfortable too.
  3. chicagodoubler


    Aug 7, 2007
    Chicago, that toddling town
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, Genz Benz
    Look at the way you naturally grab a glass of water. Gently curve the fingers, with the thumb somewhere around your 1st and 2nd finger. Now put a bass where the glass of water was. Voila!:smug:
  4. Ben1123

    Ben1123 Guest

    Dec 3, 2008
    Escanaba Michigan
    Thanks for that, the glass of water trick worked, it did turn out i had it in the wrong position and i was pressing to hard on it