Posted by El Pájaro on September 20, 2000 at 07:28:07:
In Reply to: Thumbs up or down? 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
Hey there Derek,
Our esteemed colleagues Alfonso and Pat H. have spoken the truth here: if you're just starting out, you should better learn some proper right hand technique. Nothing wrong with using the tumb, though. In fact, it's one of the most effective ways to achieve an upright-like thump when combined with some right hand muting, but I think it's better to have that as an alternative flavor than as your main playing technique.
Sidenote: Alfonso is right about Jamerson in the sense that he used only one right hand finger to pluck, but as far as I know, it wasn't the thumb but the index finger instead (the rest of the Frunk Brothers called it "the hook").
Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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