Will there ever be an end to floating thumb questions? The right forearm is seldom mentioned in the TB postings I have read, as well as sites like adam nitti's. I come from a classical guitar background, so I naturally started floating my thumb when I started playing the bass. On the guitar, the correct forearm position is driven by balance: the contact point between right forearm and guitar is such that the right hand is suspended in an optimal position for each of the fingers ( p-i-m-a is the nomenclature) to address the strings, and simultaneousloy distributes the weight of the arm evenly so that the position can be maintained without any muscular effort. Is resting the forearm on the body of the bass also good technique? Otherwise, how do you stablize the right hand? Compared to classical guitar which is always played seated, the amount of bass player body movement the technique has to accommodate is much greater. The pics on Gary Willis site suggest that he rests his forarm; and in addition to his thumb, he floats his ring finger for additional stability (and muting).