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Posted by Charlie (188.8.131.52) on March 08, 2004 at 23:43:36:
In Reply to: Re: fretting styles, thumbs, & . . posted by Doug on March 07, 2004 at 06:44:46:
: I recently bought a VCD of Billy Sheehan, and he wraps his thumb around the neck nearly all the time; I've also seen Paul McCartney(eh?) and Sting & others do the same. Are they fretting or just wrapping??
They are probably just wrapping their thumb around the neck. That is a common bad habit that many people fall into, even some world class players. It's best to train yourself to keep your thumb behind the neck, preferably behind your first fretting finger and learn to slide your hand up and down the neck to get to higher or lower positions. The 1,2,4 finger method is mostly used on upright bass to prevent injury, since the stress on the thrird finger can be damaging. On upright, the thumb should be behind the second finger. This allows the first finger to reach back behind the thumb to extend the reach of the hand when using only three fingers. The fourth finger is reinforced by the third finger with upright technique.
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