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Noobie Question: Proper Thumb Position

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by basskopf, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Hi All,

    I am a newbie to bass (my main instrument is piano). I am a little confused on proper thumb position of the left hand (I am a right hander, reference is to the fretting hand).

    For example, is the thumb always at a 90 degree angle to the length of the fretboard? Another case: I find it physically impossible to keep the broad, flat part of my thumb pressed up again the middle of the neck (as I understand one is supposed to do) when I am playing high up, e.g. around the 12th fret on the E or A string.

    Any inputs or good sources, e.g. video on line, would be most helpful.

    If it makes a difference, my principal style interest is jazz, I am playing on a standard 4 string Fender MIM Jazz Bass.

    Thanks in advance for any good inputs.

  2. jesusplaysbass


    Apr 17, 2006
    if u cant keep ur thumb in place around the 12th fret, them im guessing ur wearing ur bass around ur crotch :D
  3. PrimusNut


    Mar 23, 2006
    Nova Scotia
    I can keep my thumb in place around 12th and I wear my bass at my crotch, maybe a tad higher...

    I have recently adjusted my fret hand thumb placement. I used to play with my thumb going along the length of the neck, but this was causing wrist problems for me, and just simply felt wrong. Now I play with my thumb pointing up, towards the sky, and sometimes it hooks over the top of the neck.

    Do a search, you will get more threads than you can read about this topic.

    And, for Christ sake, someone make a fret hand thumb position sticky, please.
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