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 Playing Advice: Bluegrass (Scruggs) Styles

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coolet5 - Posted - 05/31/2020:  20:05:49

Per Texasbanjo's suggestion- This is a bump from a previous post that I would love to get more suggestions on:

Eyedee - Posted - 03/29/2011: 13:09:59

Can anyone give me any tips to try and counteract this problem.

My thumb after playing any string seems to fly out away from the strings almost in a clockwise circular movement. The result is that I seem to have to travel a long way to get to the next string to play with the thumb. I just can't seem to minimise the upward movement.

It's as difficult to describe as it is to rectify.

Anyone any ideas.


Edited by - coolet5 on 05/31/2020 20:14:37

Texasbanjo - Posted - 06/01/2020:  04:40:26

You may be trying to play too fast for your experience. Take it slow and easy, concentrate on keeping that thumb down where it belongs. Eventually your hand/finger(s) and brain will get together and muscle memory will kick in.

I had a student that had a flying index finger that was similar to your problem. That student slowed down, concentrated on that finger and worked on timing, tone and technique rather than speed and in a fairly short period, that finger did what it was expected to do.

5stringpicker2 - Posted - 06/01/2020:  05:19:00

Look to see if you're using your whole thumb to pick with.if so,this could be the problem. if so, start learning to use just the part of your thumb up to the first joint.

I notice some pickers do this use they use their whole thumb and have the problem you're speaking of.

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Possum Fat - Posted - 06/01/2020:  07:43:10

Additionally, I have noticed over the years that just taking notice of the offending finger and watching it, keeping in mind what you want it to do, will over a week or so cause that finger/thumb to start working the way you want.

I hope this makes sense.

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