Thumbs up or down?

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Posted by Derek van't Wout on September 19, 2000 at 16:09:03:

Howdy, all.

Well, I've read a couple of debates here on whether or not to use a pick or
your fingers, but no one's really posted anything about using your thumb
to play. I personally play with my thumb quite often when I play - mind you,
I've only been playing for a year and I really don't play all that terribly
well, but I find that I get this really super warm thumpy tone, and it
just looks cool to play with your thumb. But I really don't know all that much,
so I'm posing the question: What are the advantage/disadvantages of playing this
way, and am I crippling myself by doing so? I've heard that it's really bad
technique to play with your thumb.

Thanks a bunch,
-Derek van't Wout, a crazy canadian bass player

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