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Post  turboscrew on Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:49 am

Once again a stupid question...

How do you hold your fretting hand thumb?
How do you "strangle" your bass?
The same way as is usually taught with classical guitar?
Is it as essential as in classical guitar?

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Post  Dropthelines585 on Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:25 pm

Usually if you hold your thumb in the middle of the fretboard you have the maximum amount of reach and leverage. That's not to say you have to at all times. I normally just keep it relaxed until i have to do a lot of note jumping or long stretches or slides or bends. But the middle is pretty much what any instructor will tell you.


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Post  Blackdragon on Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:20 pm

How do you hold your fretting hand thumb?
I keep my thumb near the middle of the fret board(like DTL said), i dont have long fingers so i tend to move it just a bit closer to the bottom, but not by alot.

How do you "strangle" your bass?
I think by strangle you mean fret with your thumb, some people get into the habbit of using their thumb to fret the E string. It won't kill you but its a bad habbit as it tends to hurt the speed of moving frets.
Dman does this tho, so theres and example of how little it matters.

The same way as is usually taught with classical guitar?
Donno.

Is it as essential as in classical guitar?
Donno, hope not...

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Post  Nocturnal_Pulse on Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:15 am

Yes I believe it's has the same gravity as with acoustic guitar, it's matter of flexibility!

I hold my bass not tight, just relaxed having my thumb (if you can imagine a hand opened like touching first finger first fret -> pinky on fourth fret) my thumb is just in the middle of my middle and ring finger and my palm is resting downwards.

Did I made sense? lol :/

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Post  turboscrew on Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:52 am

Thanks, people. I kinda suspected that.
By "strangling" I meant the way you have your fingers around the neck... Very Happy
Anyway, I think I have a very good idea now about the "grip" and its importance.

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