So, I was practicing today, and was getting quite frustrated with the way my thumb was striking the strings.
When playing “Boil Dem Cabbage”, you are constantly striking the 5th G, and it was droning with much more volume than the other strings. (Not a good sound).
I realized, that I strike with my thumb not curled in at all. The result is, my thumb pick lands flat on the strings. This is how I’ve struck with my thumb from the beginning. Now, I’m thinking this is not a good technique.
When playing guitar with a pick, I always tilt it a bit.
I tried curling my thumb, and I think I’m now getting better control, even though it feels a bit awkward. It also seems to nudge me toward anchoring with my ring finger rather than with my pinky. Not only that, but I think my brushes sound better now.
So, my questions are, am I supposed to curl my thumb so that the thumbpick strikes the string a bit tilted? Is tilting your pick a given with all stringed instruments? Has anyone else experienced the annoying droning when striking straight on, or something similar?
Any insight is greatly appreciated.
One last note…When watching Ben, he appears to keep the first knuckle on his thumb straight while really bending at his thumb joint. I do the exact opposite. Almost like forming a claw.