I've been reading a lot on here about keeping the right thumb planted on the E-string, or a pickup or pickguard, and what I now know is called "the floating thumb" technique. I realize what I've been doing is the floating thumb. I've tried both techniques now, and I'm wondering which is better to start with. I find it slightly easier to plant when I'm playing stuff with a lot of crossing strings, and for making long, slow stuff sound smooth and connected. I find it easier to float when playing eighth notes on the same string, and easier to keep the other strings from ringing. I'm getting a teacher soon, so hopefully they'll help some, but while I'm learning on my own, which should I learn? Or should I try to keep using both? I play mostly fingerstyle and have no real desire to slap or pick yet. I don't want to have to relearn a technique if one or the other will slow me down or make me more sloppy than the other. I just happened to think of this while watching some other people play on TV.