video for double thumbing

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by kwelch28, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. kwelch28


    Aug 31, 2000
    Allegany, NY
    I'm trying to learn how to double thumb but just can't get the hang of it. Does anyone know where I could find or have any clips of anyone double thumbing so that I could see how it is done? Thanks for any help.
  2. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Here's one a friend showed me a while back, not bad.

    Also Victor Wooten has two Videos, "super bass solo technique" and "Live at bass day '98" he goes over Double thumb in both of them.
  3. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    There's some stuff on

    Victor Wooten has a fine video tutorial called "Super Solo Bass Technique". It's worth the money.

    No videos, but an excellent resource is

    EDIT : VANILLA ROBOT and I posted the same stuff at the same time.:)
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    The latter is also available on DVD.

    [EDIT] With latter I mean the Bass Day video.
  5. kwelch28


    Aug 31, 2000
    Allegany, NY
    Thanks for the help
  6. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    Second...Wooten's "Super Solo Bass Technique"
  7. Byron Santo

    Byron Santo

    Jul 8, 2003
    New Orleans, LA USA
    When you begin to study the Double Thump vid's pay attention to the exact thumb/hand/wrist/forearm positions. I've seen a lot of players struggle with double thumping because of technique. A few things to keep in mind.

    1) Keep your thumb stationary. Don't use it for the Down/Up motion especially on the up stroke. Which I see a lot of people do.

    2) Don't use your wrist for the down up motion. It puts your fingers (i-m-a-c) out of alignment for plucking.

    3) The rotating forearm approach (like your turning a doorknob) is great. You get a lot of strength from it but kinda limited to only index finger plucking after the D/U of the thumb. This technique also puts your fingers (m-a-c) out of alignment for plucking.

    4) This is the best technique that I've found so far. Using the ELBOW to create the D/U motion of the thumb. This allows the thumb and all 4 fingers to remain in perfect alignment to the strings.

    Down stroke of the thumb. All 4 fingers and thumb then rest on the follow through string (Down on A String then Thumb and 4 fingers rest on D String). Then the Up stroke. Remember to use the elbow. This sets up all 4 fingers for plucking.

    For starters I would just get use to using the elbow for the D/U motion of the thumb. Don't add the plucking until you are comfortable with the D/U. You can also practice each movement separately. Do all Downs then all ups. Remember to use the elbow at all times. I would even use a mirror to watch your technique.

    Hope this helps,