My right thumb...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by ual, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. ual


    Aug 12, 2010
    Hey guys. I've been playing bass for a couple of years without lessons so until yesterday (which was my first music theory lesson with a bassist) I always played with my thumb laying flat over all the strings to mute them. The first thing my teacher told me was that I should rest my thumb on either a pickup or the E string. It feels weird and I'm having trouble with it, so I just wanted to know if laying your thumb flat over the strings is actually bad for your hand or something.

  2. sir juice

    sir juice

    Sep 11, 2006
    London, England
  3. ual


    Aug 12, 2010
    I see! Thanks buddy, I'm one of those people who tends to freak out if they think they're doing something that is unergonomic and might cause long term pain. Floating thumb yay :)
  4. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    Nothing wrong it what you are doing. If your teacher insists you change, then change your teacher as this is not an issue.:)
  5. The floating thumb method is a perfectly acceptable mode of playing Alphonso Johnson also uses that technique, perhaps your teacher needs to expand their tool bag.

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