#1
I can never get this right. What is the proper right hand position?
I always rest my thumb on the edge off the neck so my arm looks like I'm shredding a little.
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#3
There is no "right" position, whatever feels the best for you. Whoever tells you your hand position is wrong is ****ing idiot.
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#4
i usually stick my thumb on the pickups and play arounds there, but if you go on the neck and kinda play the strings against the neck, you can get some crazy geezer tones. it all depends on the sound you're after though. like, if you play closer to the bridge, you get more atack etc.
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#5
I really like the sound between the two pickups so I try to rest my thumb on the P pickup and play there, but my arm would be resting on the bass body so I kinda 'floats' above the pickup.

I have been told not lift up my arm so my whole arm weight is shifted onto the pickup, but that makes my arm hurt and it's also cutting a whole in my thumb.
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#6
Here's a really good article from warwickbass.com

http://www.warwickbass.com/basssurvival101/lesson_9fingers.htm

I myself used to have very much a fixed anchor position on the pickup. Nowadays I'm experimenting more with a movable anchor position, and even restinf my thumb on the top of the neck for a more deeper, fuller tone when I'm playing walking basslines.

It is all preference. There are no right or wrongs.
#7
As has been said, it's what's most comfortable for you. I personally play with my thumb on the pickup closest to the neck, though sometimes I'll experiment with my thumb on the E string, etc. If you start to experience pain however, or find it difficult to reach the lower strings, try changing about.
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#8
There is really no right way, only variations. Personally, I either use the thumb rest (epi) or rest my thumb on the pickup or E or A string. It all depends on your personal right hand style of playing and the type of tone you want from your bass.
#9
As long as it is comfortable for you and won't cause any damage to you, there is no wrong position. I rest my thumb on the pickup to play the E then rest it on the E to play A and so on which is comfortable to me.
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#10
I find it most comfortable to let my thumb rest on the neck pickup (on a Jazz bass). As I have pretty long fingers, I can easily reach the g-string by just stretching my finger down.
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#11
It depends what I'm playing, but generally on the E string between the two pick-ups, but if it's a walking piece I put my thumb on the neck, and generally for solos I have my right hand near to the bridge for a more trebly sound to cut through.
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#12
I play like a guitar nothing special i just leave my thumb straight so i can slap slap slap some bits
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#13
I anchor my thumb on the pickup nearer to the fretboard. When i'm moving string i move my thumb up so it rests on the string above. For example playing A i rest my thumb on the E string. I have heard that resting your thumb on the pickup is the normal right hand position but there are always variations so don't worry.

Play with whats comfortable
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#15
one of my friends drilled a 1" hole where his thumb ususally stays. its kinda weird, but it works.
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#16
So, if I want to rest my thumb on the P pickup, do I let my arm rest on the edge of the bass, or do I lift it up?
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#17
I normally rest my arm on the edge. I don't know whether its a bad habit or not but it's comfier. I just feel that i can't play well or confortably with my arm holding itself up and not resting against the side of the bass.
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#18
I have my thumb anchored to whatever pickup i play above. Then you get a good loud crisp sound from all of the strings.
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So, if I want to rest my thumb on the P pickup, do I let my arm rest on the edge of the bass, or do I lift it up?


Rest your arm against the part of the body that curves up near the back not the part where it curves down in the middle. This will serve to give you less of a wrist curve and less danger to your wrist.
#20
i play like indie-bassist, and it works really well
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