Thumb - index technique

  • Hello guys! I'm so happy that this website appeared! My name is Kirill and its very nice to meet you all.

    I have a little question for @emilernebro about his technique.

    Unfortunately I don't have nails, but any way utilizing thumb+index technique for pentatonics is not difficult, whereas for other scales( major , minor etc) or arpeggios it becomes almost impossible 😂 Just wanted to ask you : Do you usually play thumb- index or you sometimes play just with a thumbPick or hammerons ( similarly to Joe Pass) ?

    Thank you very much. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    Have a lovely day,

  • @kreal Hey Kirill! Thank you so much for your message, and I'll do my best to answer your question! :)

    Cool that you're using thumb+index to play your single note lines. Not many people do this, but it can be really effective! Examples of players who do this are Jim Nichols from San Fransisco (great jazz guitarist) and Brent Mason also does this sometimes (although he is using is middle finger a lot as well). I use this technique a lot for single lines.

    When it comes to arpeggios, I actually use thumb+index as well, but I also do a lot of hammer-ons, slides etc. The "string-skipping" can be real difficult, but on the other hand, it can be real difficult using any right hand technique! :) I'd suggest that you try practice a few arps, like Dmaj7, Dm7, D7 trying different ways of playing them. Sometimes you'll find that it's possible to play them like a roll, using thumb, then index, then middle and then end with the thumb again. (Kind of like I did in that "Triplet Lick over A minor"!)
    But also, try using hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides. There's so many ways to do it, and the difficult part is to find YOUR way. No way is wrong, it's all about finding what you're comfortable with.

    Let me know if you have more questions! Thanks for joining us at Pro Guitar!
    Kind regards/Emil

  • Thank you very much for your reply!
    And thank for introducing those wonderful players for me!

    Best wishes !


  • Thanks for the info! My little brother is learning acoustic guitar. Until now, he has learned different techniques like strummer, flatpicking or travis picking. His music lesson is going well under the trained professional and hope so he learns well and play beautifully!

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