Neck positioning

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Nomadic Herder, Nov 30, 2000.

  1. I have a question on where my thumb should be on the neck. Up until about 10 minutes ago, I played with it near the fretboard, resting on the long edge of the neck. I played with my thumb out. Its easier to play. But my thumb gets tired. Any suggestions? Sorry if this is kinda dumb.
  2. Hey there Nom

    I've been told that your thumb should be relatively relaxed and pretty much behind the fretboard where you're fretting the notes. You should be using the strength of your fingers to fret the notes and using your thumb as a 'guide' up and down the neck.

    Hopefully this helps


  3. Starrchild


    Nov 10, 2000
    The Bay.
    it's all in the shoulder,you can actually play without the thumb on the neck whether it's on the top or bottom of the neck,the energy should travel from you're shoulder to the neck of the fingerboard thus taking pressure away from your fretting hand,although louis johnson would probably beg to differ.sorry lou keep on plucking.