#1
when im finger picking, my fingers have to hit off something to stop so i can go faster right? so ive found that when i hit my fingers off of the pickup i can go faster then when i go off of the body, since the pickup is closer to the strings. yet i rest my thumb on that same pickup so its really uncomfortable. so does it make sense to get a thumb rest for the purpose of being able to have my fingers hit off of the pickup in a comfortable position?
#2
i dont get what you are on about with the fingers hitting off the body making you go faster... if anything that should make you slower as there is a resistance acting against the movement of your fingers,

but yeah if you think it is going to be more comfortable, get a thumb rest. there is no shame in it.

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when im finger picking, my fingers have to hit off something to stop so i can go faster right? so ive found that when i hit my fingers off of the pickup i can go faster then when i go off of the body, since the pickup is closer to the strings. yet i rest my thumb on that same pickup so its really uncomfortable. so does it make sense to get a thumb rest for the purpose of being able to have my fingers hit off of the pickup in a comfortable position?


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#4
ok ya it doesnt make sense but when you are finger picking (i just started btw) when your finger strokes a string and then you go to stroke agian, does your finger bounce off of anything or are your fingers just strong enough to stop on their own? i hope that makes a little more sense, if not o well i guess i cant explain it
#5
They tend to stop on their own.

Though this "stupid" device called a ramp exists which stops you digging in too hard, apparently...
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#6
Im a little unsure by what you mean by "bounce off of anything," just having a difficult time visualizing it. But why not try out a thumbrest? Find a bass at a shop that has one and try it to see if it makes things more comfortable for you. Or just buy a thumbrest, they're only a couple bucks
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#7
I understand what you're saying. I've thought about buying a 5 string just so I can play faster on the E string. If you can make it work, go for it.
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I understand what you're saying. I've thought about buying a 5 string just so I can play faster on the E string. If you can make it work, go for it.

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#10
learn to move your anchoring position. it should not affect your playing to be without a physical anchor. not all basses have a pickup where you want to mount it.
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