#1
ok my question is pretty simple....is the thumb a big part of playing guitar? Im basically asking because there is a nice guitar, i like the way it feels and everything....but the neck is thick so i cant get my thumb around to the fretboard. I can replace all the thumb mutes and stuff with my index right??
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#2
Depends on your style of play. Even when doing chords and stuff like that, the thumb is not necessary... but it is helpful if you want to grab a low E string note.
#3
The thumb is a helpful tool generally. However a lot of use has been proven to lead towards tendenitis and things like that due to the extremely odd position it puts your wrist in. It's best if you can play without it, but if that IS how you play then you might probably look for a different one than try to learn it over again.
#4
I myself, am not comfy unless I can get my thumb around the whole neck comfertably.

How much you spending on a guitar ? We coudl recommend some nice ones with thin necks, if its your fancy.
#5
^ nah. i kinda dont like the thin necks even though my hands are small...its kinda weird...
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#6
I use my thumb quite a bit, mostly for muting. But that's all personal preference. It's not "necessary" by any means.
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#7
Thumb, is very very very important for vibrato bends and controlled bends. Without the proper placing of it, you vibrato bends will tend to be out of key and really messed up.
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#9
^^ me too
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Thumb, is very very very important for vibrato bends and controlled bends. Without the proper placing of it, you vibrato bends will tend to be out of key and really messed up.



What the HELL are you talking about?
#11
I always use my thumb for barre chords. Using the index finger to press down the strings can tire out the wrist pretty fast, and only half the notes its fretting are actually being played. Thumb is a good thing!
#12
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What the HELL are you talking about?

He means when bending a note, to put your thumb over the neck to give your fingers more leverage. Most people do that when benging.

As for my thumb, I use it constantly. I do E-string powerchords with it and most barre chords with roots on the E, so I definately use it alot.
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#13
I usually grab 6th string 2nd fret with my thumb when playing an open D chord so it sounds big and full like an open G.

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#14
Quote by Johnnyboy66
What the HELL are you talking about?


Dl this video and you'll exactly what the HELL im talking about. Watch the whole thing and u'll come up across the bending section.
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#16
I tend to use it when I play slide for some reason..
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I tend to use it when I play slide for some reason..


With your slide on your thumb?