I just learnt Under The Bridge, and for one chordI have been puting my thumb over the top to play a note. It is starting to hurt in the joint a bit when i do. Is this dangerous... I know some 60s players did it.
Some people's hands just aren't big enough. If it hurts, you probably shouldn't do it. However, that is how John Frusciante plays.
Frusciante does it a lot, but if it hurts, Do Not do it! Pain is your body saying to you that something is not right. Take a break of one day or two with that pick.
john fruscantie did it (i think) cos jimi hendrix played like that, and jimi had HUGE hands. Each finger was as long a moderately sized willy
Last edited by mamakin87 at Jun 9, 2006,
Yea, there're a lot of players that do that, but they have long fingers. I'm lucky enough to have that.
I started my playing by learning a lot of Hendrix stuff, so I developed the thumb habit too.
If it hurts stop, stretch and try not doing it again. I personally do use my thumb over the neck, and I find it very comfortable. If it isn't for you, don't do it.
I do it occasionally this is the first time its hurt only abit though. and I have frigen massive hands so thats not it. but thanks. Ill keep doing it and see if it was somthign else cus in never eally used to hurt before whe i did it.
I do it all the time, being both very Frusciante and Hendrix influneced.
I used to do that when I was first learning slap, but not anymore, although sometimes if I want to get a drone note going.but my hands are monstrous. I bet my hands are bigger than yours.
Let off using the thumb for a while. Slowly get back into it. If it never gets any better, stop doing it. If it gets easier and less painful, keep on with it. Every new activity we do requires some change... like if you start lifting weights one day, you're gonna be sore the next. But once you do it a lot, you never get sore --- and if you do, you should stop because your body says "stop it, asshole."