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Old 08-19-2013, 07:08 PM   #1
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The over-discussed double thumb technique

Has anyone actually learned it, especially the way Wooten plays it with thumb and index/middle finger?
I can double thumb to a minor degree, but i find it pretty hard to include my fingers to get that 16th note sound.
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:44 PM   #2
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IMHO, if you were to use it like Vic does, seems like you'd pretty much have to relearn the instrument. I only use it for triplet fills. I never use the whole TTIM combo though. It'll usually be TTI or TIM.
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Old 10-24-2013, 06:55 AM   #3
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yay, a reply

yeah, I think so too. Vics technique is so far out different from what I've been doing for years, it seems like I would have to put a lot of time to learn it. I'd prob just give up anyway

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Old 11-09-2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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I have just signed in for the first time since April 2007. The last time I was on this site, people were talking about the double thumb technique and 6 years on they are still talking about it. One thing that has not changed is that no one else uses it like Vic!
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #5
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I have just signed in for the first time since April 2007. The last time I was on this site, people were talking about the double thumb technique and 6 years on they are still talking about it. One thing that has not changed is that no one else uses it like Vic!
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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Vics technique

The way I see it, I believe learning Vic's technique is just like learning any other playing technique; it will either take you longer than some players to learn it, just as much time as most to learn it, or you'll pick it up quick. Just like how you practice your bass now and have acquired those skills that you have already, a lot of other players MAY have the same knowledge that you have (and this could be in terms of: theory, finger plucking technique, positioning, picking, harmonics, etc), or they have less. Any player will be as good as THEY want to be and will even outside of their instrument, will go as far as they can to know what they want to know (depending on how much they want to knowledge they want to acquire). If you want to learn the technique, then by all means learn it. I'd say it's good to have in the bag as something you may want to be able to incorporate into your playing (Unless you're Wooten...your bag of tricks lol). For everything that you know on your instrument, bass or not, you gotta start somewhere, and to get to a point where you're satisfied with what you have learn, that'll represent the amount of effort you put into it.

To directly answer your question though, I've learned it. I've found that in the end practicing it until I can play it without having to warm up my fingers to my instrument has actually helped me a lot even in terms of having a great sense of rhythm and timing. I do agree that triplet technique (TTI) proves itself to be a lot more useful in most case than to use the full technique itself (TTIM). By the end of the day, NO ONE is going to be able to play it exactly like Vic and use it the way he does...NO ONE. So what's best? You learn a technique, and you incorporate it into the way you play and make it your own. Make it work for your benefit to any degree you feel. After all, that's what you do with everything else in music...right? Hope this helps!

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Old 11-16-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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that is true. One reason for my difficulty with is that I've been playing with other slapping techniques for so long now, it's hard to change/learn something completely different.

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