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    One thing to mention in this regard is that a player shouldn't use the thumb out of necessity. While I have been attaining proficiency with the instrument I have been frustrated and I did some silly things to be able to play E major, C# major, and the B major chords. In each case, once I practiced more and more it became unnecessary to do these things and doing these things did nothing but delay my progress. So, as a novice player myself, I would say practice more and innovate less; there's a reason standard fingerings are standard. That being said, I see nothing wrong with using the thumb if it is merely a choice and if it speeds up the transitioning. However, in this case, I don't see the benefit. There is a lot of wasted motion going on, whereas with the standard fingerings, all you need to do is move one finger without changing the position of the palm and wrist.

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    Hi, Camsuke!

    I just curious the person who can play with left thumb strictly behind neck when standing play. I have never met such decent guitar player except for Camsuke and kohanmike. Don't blame my thumb location again. righrt?
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    Hi, Camsuke!

    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    Your thumb position in the photos will actually make it harder to fret this particular chord, I would highly recommend that the thumb be located behind the neck, somewhere near the centreline of the neck is ideal. The middle & ring fingers should also be leaning in the opposite direction to which you have illustrated, they need to be leaning towards the nut/headstock.
    I have never met any decent ukuele or guitar player who plays with left thumb strictly behind neck when standing play except for you and kohanmike. And both of you repeat and repeat same posts against my pictures. Don't blame my thumb position again. right?
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    Camsuke. Don't blame my thumb position again. right?
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    ( I have never met any decent ukuele or guitar player who plays with left thumb strictly behind neck when standing play except for you and kohanmike. And both of you repeat and repeat same posts against my pictures. Don't blame my thumb position again. right?[/QUOTE] )


    Campbell, I think zztush is actually praising you for your great playing although you hold the uke differently than other players that he knows! I don't remember ever seeing you play in standing position. Perhaps zztush can clarify that! I would like to see that video! Please share.

    Back to the topic, I think being able to fret with the thumb is a talent especially on a four strings narrow neck uke.
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    Just thinking about this thread this morning messing with my ukulele, and I wondered why fretting with the thumb sometimes is so bad. I tried it, and it is doable. And I was thinking that I fret a lot of chords in a lot of different ways, depending on where I'm going with it. I play the C with my pinkie sometimes, especially if I'm going to an F7 from there. I play the F with my middle and ring finger if I'm going to go up the neck with it. There's lots of different ways to fret a chord. So what exactly is wrong with adding another tool to the box? I started out saying that I wouldn't recommend it, but now I'm rethinking that. It isn't like you have to do it that way all the time.
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    This is a very good topic for a thread.
    I always use my thumb when I make four finger diminished chords. That is the only time. The reason is because my pinkies are very small, compared to the rest of my fingers.
    I blame it on genetics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    This is a very good topic for a thread.
    I always use my thumb when I make four finger diminished chords. That is the only time.
    Me too, such as Cdim7. I learned this from Glen Rose for playing jazz stuff. I can move the shape anywhere and it's very easy for me to form. That said, I have a big hand with long thumb and fingers.

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    Thumbs are regularly used to play the cuatro, so I'm sure these techniques could translate to the uke.

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