#1
Hey guys, i'm just curious on how many people use their thumb on the sixth string? What about the fifth string?? I use my thumb on both and i was wondering if anyone else does that.
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#2
yeah i do that sometimes.... dunno i can see why your asking seems a bit odd but i think its pretty normal haha
#3
^^Yea i kno. But I heard that you have to have big hands to do that especially to play on the fifth string and i am surprised i can do it myself because i have small hands. Just curious to see how many other people can do it.
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#4
i use it very often to play the 6th string and to mute the 5th string. i was kinda inspired by frusciante and hendrix so i started using my thumb... and it turned out to be really helpful.
i even use it when playing highway to hell.
#5
I can actually fret the 6th, 5th, and 4th with my thumb, without mutting anything, To do barre chords I don't even have to barre with my index, Major Or Minor barres. But I only use my thumb for slash chords, like D/F# and others like that. Fretting the other 2 strings is just something I use trying to impress people :P like playing behind your back, or jumping 2 steps between 1 finger. I have medium hands, but long fingers :P
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#6
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i use it very often to play the 6th string and to mute the 5th string. i was kinda inspired by frusciante and hendrix so i started using my thumb... and it turned out to be really helpful.
i even use it when playing highway to hell.


Yea they are big unfluences to me. Especially Frusciante. I just started learning a song off of the mother's milk album and i couldn't figure out how to position my fingers so i used my thumb for the fifth string. I found that kinda of strange because i've only heard of using your thumb for the sixth string.
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#7
Yeah the first time i used my thumb was playing Californication, now I use in most my songs or whenever i'm learning things, sometimes it makes changing to different chords alot easier.
#8
I use it to mute strings when playing open chords.

It just sits against the E string at the 2nd fret all the time when playing chords, and I only need to move it to play an E chord or a D chord.
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Yeah the first time i used my thumb was playing Californication, now I use in most my songs or whenever i'm learning things, sometimes it makes changing to different chords alot easier.


Yea same here.
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#10
Richie Havens, black folk singer, uses open tunings and uses his thumb to barre ALL the strings.
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Richie Havens, black folk singer, uses open tunings and uses his thumb to barre ALL the strings.


man, hes great

i only really use my thumb for D/F#
#14
I use my thumb to play acoustic guitar and I use thumb picks on electric guitar. Sometimes I'll use the thumb pick on the acoustic as well.
#15
Picked up the thumb technique from the Beatles and The Fray. D/F# is such a cool chord. Especially when you have your pinky on the F# an octave above the F# on the E string.
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#16
Only when playing chords.
It makes things a lot easier, but it's really hard just learning.
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#17
I mainly use it for chords
But if i'm improvising sometimes i'll use it to stretch from the top of an octave to the bottum
#18
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Picked up the thumb technique from the Beatles and The Fray. D/F# is such a cool chord. Especially when you have your pinky on the F# an octave above the F# on the E string.


Beatles and The Fray. Ha, quite a combo!

Some of the wierder funk and jazz chords are required to use your thumbs. So, i've gotten into it. But as someone mentioned before Frusciante and Hendrix are my major thumb-user influences.
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#19
I slightly curl my middle finger,ring,and pinky into the other strings,is this bad?
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