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Thumb Plucking/Thumping

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. Yes, almost every time I play.

    2 vote(s)
  2. Sometimes

    7 vote(s)
  3. I never even thought of it.

    2 vote(s)
  1. In regards to players that don't slapbass.
    How many use their thumb for plucking or thumping their top string?
  2. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Very rarely, only because it has such a dull round sound.
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  3. I work a lot on my two finger technique. But the thumb likes to join in. It just seems natural to me.
    Don't know if that's good or bad, but it's comfortable.
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  4. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Even though I do slap. Occasionally I pluck with the thumb and fingers if I'm doing 3 and 4 note chords or rolling classical guitar type lines (I play a six string bass) like Gerald Veasley. I'll also use it with palm muting for an Anthony Jackson type of sound. I've got a book with some West African type grooves in it and it is standard in that style to play with your thumb and fingers together in that style.

    Rev J
  5. enricogaletta


    May 21, 2011
    In my opinion thumbing on the first strings is wonderful if you can reach the right dynamic and tones and if you merge with the plucks, you get so many groove scenarios :thumbsup:

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