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Using your thumb and index finger to pluck

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by agyeman, May 29, 2001.

  1. agyeman

    agyeman Member

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    I have seen sting and a couple of other bass players play this way. What is the best way of playing using this technique?
  2. 6-stringjazz

    6-stringjazz

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    Well, Don't play like that. You are very limited whaen it comes to the things you can execute and do. Sting is an awesome guy bvut I prefer the traditional technique. It's tried and true.
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

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    That's one of the reasons Sting's bass playing is so limited, technique wise. You're not going to see him char any frets, but vocals/composition are what he's all about anyway.

    The only way I use thumb and index is to slap a root and hit the first note of a double pop.

    The "best way" is the one that works for you, as long as it doesn't hinder your economy of motion of efficiency, (but I think for most, it would).
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Administrator

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    not to go against the tide here, :D, but i use my thumb to pluck, along with my index, middle and ring fingers - like classical guitar technique. makes playing octaves and string skipping a lot easier. also makes the transition from fingerstyle to slap a lot more fluid - i go back and forth sometimes in the space of a few beats. takes dynamic control, but sounds cool.

    the secret is to not plant any fingers anywhere. when not in use i rest my thumb on one of my lower strings. planting fingers, imo, is a very inefficient way to set up your plucking hand. a lot of energy and hand strength is wasted when fingers are planted - keeps your hand stiff, which is bad, slows the plucking hand down.

    if anything needs to be planted, i plant my arm on the edge of the bass.
  5. agyeman

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    thanks for the info guys.

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