Thumbpicking electric guitar

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  1. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Any takers. I think you can hear nuance maybe more on acoustic
    electric. (courtesy Wes, of course)..





    Makes it look so easy.


    I should try again

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    I do it once in awhile on my reso, but mainly for strumming those really heavy strings. It does soften the effect in a good way. I can see the advantage for some soft jazz, but that is not my thing.
     
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    If you want to play like Wes, then by all means try again..and again..and again.
    Wes played what came naturally to him, many many guitar instructors were very critical of his style.
    Playing with your thumb on your right hand and going over the neck with your thumb with your left hand were techniques that were criticized by every instructor I ever had.
    Now it’s very common, obviously they didn’t know jack.
     
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    they were teaching orthodoxy in an unorthodox world.

    my years of watching videos of great players has taught me that if you can use your fretting hand thumb to play chords, you better do it cause all the greats in rock, blues, blues rock, etc do it all the time.
     
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    I play mostly an unorthodox finger style that includes long finger leads, thumb strums and some thum leads, double and triple stops, and playing arpeggiated chords preferentially to Travis picking. I play barre chords and thumb over where I need open strings. I always thumb over the Fmaj chord so the open G and open high E are available without hand contortions. I’m not formally schooled in guitar technique so I’ve developed a way of playing that works for me on four very different electric guitars and on acoustic as well. I’ll never be Wes, but I know where he’s coming from.
     
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    First "thumb-picker" that came to my mind is Nils Lofgren......very talented guitarist largely unknown to the "non-guitar" playing population. Fortunately, Bruce recognizes his skills.
     
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    +1 I'm an all 5 bare fingers, self-taught picker. I don't use any sorta picks the coupla decades. The thumb for sure plays a role - holding down the bass, supporting scales & different riffs. Works fine for electric guitar altho I do find heavy strings are needed for my playing style. My style is not at all like Wes' but I'm a huge fan; my Dad had a bunch of his records. That guy could create a mood, an atmosphere.
     
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    Yea, I use thumb when fingerpicking, but generally
    I am a plectrum guy for electrics.
    Ps. I had no idea Lofgren played his strats with his thumb.
     
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    With a "thumb pick".

    Hard to get a good look.....Nils is just a ball of energy.
     
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    Interesting.
    I liked his Grin and crazy horse stuff too
     
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    Now here's some quality thumb picking for you guys ... from the master himself.

     
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    That soft attack seems perfect for jazz- and plenty of other styles.
    I would normally use a thumbpick, when I'm playing electric with that digit. Maybe if I was doing something without a bass player- perhaps putting in an alternating bass rhythm pattern- I might just use the thumb itself.

    I only ever comment on other players' technique, if they're obviously struggling and asking for my opinion or advice. Wes does not come into that category. ;)
     
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    I wish that I could play like WesMo, but it is my natural tendency to pick and strum with my thumb and forefinger only without the use of plastics. Been doing it for over 40 years now and I ain't going to change.
     
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    Slim Dunlap from the Replacements used a thumb pick which I thought was fairly unique (late 80's) for the style of music they played. I've tried but it always feel awkward to me.
     
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    The "frontman/singer's" T-shirt reminded me of another famous thumbpick player......Johnny Winter. He was a monster with his thumb! ;)
     
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    I like to thumb/fingerpick on my electrics. It's always felt more natural to me.

    Larry Campbell likes it too. Heres one I enjoy from him with thumb pick and tele action.
     
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    SS is better than I thought, I’ve certainly heard worse.....from my looper :lol:
     
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    He plays better than he acts!
     
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