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right hand thumb-pizz

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by TizzleNizz, May 13, 2004.

  1. where do u have tour thumb? under the finger board? hooked around? just on it's side? or free in the open. mine tends to go free when im really into a walking bass line
  2. bass_means_LOW


    Apr 12, 2004
    Las Vegas
    Sounds like you answered your own question. My question would relate to your 'thumb' question; i.e., Do you extend your right arm while playing pizz?
    Ray Brown used to do this and it brought his right hand closer to the bridge so as to get more attack on each note.
  3. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Where your thumb is depends on what you need. When you're thumping along and using the big, long muscles of your back and arm for strength, then a thumb on the fingerboard becomes a pivot. When you're doing faster, two-fingered stuff you probably want to have your thumb in such a way that you have maximum leverage for the smaller muscles in your hand.