Depending on the music, I might rest it on either p/u, the neck, or the B&E strings but my thumb does float and I do use it for hammering and plucking, little finger is about the only one that doesn't do much except for the occasional muting.Generally I float the right thumb between the pickups, the end of the neck, and the fifth or fourth string (in order to mute them). It's not a conscious thing, it just happens depending on the sort of tone appropriate for the moment. ..............
When I'm playing my EB-3 copy I usually rest my thumb on the big neck pickup.The Gibson EB-3 has a nice full sized pickup so I rest my thumb on it
I rarely use a pick, got nails, though a pick is good if you want a snappy/muted sound. It can also help you cut thru the mix..........
I'm surprised I haven't seen more mention of using a pick. Most bass players I know use a pick--they seem to think it odd I use my fingers.
That's exactly they way I'm forcing myself to play. Although I stray sometimes. :smile:I almost always rest my thumb on the B string when I'm playing either the E or A strings, though I often rest my thumb on the pick up. When I play on the D and G strings I rest my thumb on the A string and let it lay flat (or somewhat flat) on the E and B strings (to keep down the sympathetic noise).