thumb resting on a 5 string

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by bassuser35, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. bassuser35


    Mar 25, 2004

    for those who play a five string, how do you rest your thumb when playing the e-string. do you rest it on the pickup or on the b string or a different place entirely? What if there is no time you play the b string in the line at all and are just using the e string and higher?
  2. On the B string, muting unused strings is very important IMO.
    Do a search on "floating thumb" technique.
  3. adam on bass

    adam on bass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2002
    New Braunfels, Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Spector, GK, EMG and D'Addario
    I mute the B with my thumb while I hammer away on the E. For the rest of the strings I rest on the pickup.
  4. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I usually just keep it on the pickup, but I might have to try this resting it on the B string while I play in order to mute it. I don't really have much trouble with it as is, but if it works it works.