Just learning the bass guitar?
Here is how to position your left and right hands
The very first of the beginner bass lessons shows you how to position your hands.
A question I am always asked by beginner bass guitar players? Where do I put my thumb?
There are two different positions to consider.
So? Rest your thumb anywhere else that feels comfortable, like on the pick-up, or on the pick guard.
If you are a beginner the best right hand playing technique is to pluck the strings with your index, and middle finger.
There are of course other ways to play the bass, like using other fingers, or using a guitar pick, however, using your first two fingers is the most "pure" method and one that you should stick to when learning.
You may notice when I am playing the E string I rest my thumb on the pick-up, this is not a "required technique" it is just something I do when I am playing that particular bass (Fender Jazz) it is neither right nor wrong.
When playing the other strings it is proper to rest your thumb directly on the E string.
This helps in dampening so when playing the G, D, or A, the E string will not ring from the vibration of the bass.
For more on the right hand, check out my lesson called: Plucking bass strings (right hand technique exercise)
Now for the left hand, (or right hand if you are left handed).
As in the photo below your thumb and middle finger should be exactly opposite each other.
One of the best things my first bass teacher taught me and really helped me progress was that you should use one finger per fret, but I'll speak more about that in the next of the beginner bass lessons.
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