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GMC Forum _ PRACTICE ROOM _ Thumb Positioning On Neck

Posted by: nikolai Jan 29 2008, 04:20 AM

i was watching one of pavel lessons when i saw how he places his thumb on his guitar neck. he almost wraps it around and lets the side of it rest on his guitar neck. i looked through different lessons form other instructors, and they all do something kinda similar to this...

I, on the other hand, let the front of my thumb rest on the middle of the guitar neck, and it kinda points towards the head of the guitar at a 45 degree angle....can this hurt my performance and ability to learn to play faster?

ill try to find a digital camera to show you all how i hold my thumb on the guitar....

Posted by: FretDancer69 Jan 29 2008, 04:33 AM

if you're aiming to play fast, thumb in the middle of the neck is suggested, but if you want to get a better grip of vibrato, people sometimes wrap the thumb around the neck, it also helps you bend better too. Although i dont use that vibrato but thats just me tongue.gif

Posted by: nikolai Jan 29 2008, 04:45 AM

thanks, i just wanted to make sure it wasnt a bad habit!

Posted by: JVM Jan 29 2008, 05:08 AM

QUOTE (nikolai @ Jan 28 2008, 10:45 PM) *
thanks, i just wanted to make sure it wasnt a bad habit!

Nope kinda just the opposite really laugh.gif

But you should learn to wrap your thumb too, it does help with bending and vibrato. And you can do cool stuff like fretting with your thumb.

Posted by: swingline Jan 29 2008, 05:22 AM

I do both and at different parts in certain songs I end up switching. I usually have my thumb on back for standard playing and curled over for chords/acoustic like parts.

Posted by: Tjchep Jan 29 2008, 05:29 AM

Yeah, get as comfortable with both will make everything only that much easier! But do whats most comfortable for that particular song.


Posted by: Smikey2006 Jan 29 2008, 05:32 AM

yup w/e is more comfortable.. when chording i wrap the thumb.. when picking i usually let it be on the back pointing towards the head.. its what feels right to you smile.gif

Posted by: swingline Jan 29 2008, 05:33 AM

I also don't have my thumb pointing at a 45 degree angle, mine points strait for the headstock. But thats just my comfort style.

Posted by: Milenkovic Ivan Jan 29 2008, 11:40 AM

The position of the thumb should be shifting as you go up/down the strings. If you play something on the bass strings, generally you need to put your thumb on the lower half of the neck in order to grasp the notes with comfort. You should never put you thumb in a way that is slowing you down.

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