Picking on my thumb


#1

In addition to learning from Ben, I take weekly lessons to get some talented and experienced eyes to help me correct 40 years of self-taught technical blasphemy. My teacher wants me to add a thumb motion to my picking. He wants me to move the knuckle of my thumb inward on down strokes and outward on the upstroke. I have a video he made of what he wants me to do but it is too large to upload here. I have watched Ben, Bryan Sutton, Tony Rice and a bunch of other players and never seen anything like this. Do any of you do anything like this? Ever seen anyone who does?


#2

Yes, and you need to practice it. Tony does it a LOT, actually, if you’re talking about what I think you are. Are you talking about bending your thumb at the middle knuckle?


#4

Yes. That is exactly what I am talking about. Bending the middle knuckle down on the down stroke and up on the up stroke.

Holy smokes! That is gonna take some work!


#5

Ben touches on this in his lessons also:

At around 3:00

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/basic-guitar-rhythm-part-2-guitar-beginner


#6

Thank you, Fiddle-Wood. I took that lesson but never really made the connection before. Appreciate the help.