Resting wrist on the bass when picking?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Tupac, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Is it better to rest your wrist on the bass and just flick it to pick, or to rest your forearm and float your hand above the bass?
  2. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
  3. Jbassrockboy

    Jbassrockboy Guest

    Feb 1, 2013
    The land down under
    It is ok to rest it as long as you can also play with it floating

    They are two separate techniques that lend themselves to different things

    Resting is good positioning for Palm muting and using a pick

    Floating is good for finger style and for picking

    It is healthy to be able to develop several techniques and in doing so understand the merits of each one as well as issues and problems

    Eg; too much wrist curve playing fingers (floating) is not good for tendons

    Or no Palm muting when using a pick can present a lot of unwanted ringing strings

    Other things that I have found with picking is not to flick, but strike through,

    But given the question it's probably good to get a few lessons so you can get some practical guidance

    Hoping this response helps