THIS WEEK we’re looking at DOUBLE THUMB technique. You may have seen Victor Wooten and a hundred other Youtube virtuosos playing with this style. It’s simply a way of creating two slap hits out of one basic motion so we get two for the price of one. This also gives us the ability to play REALLY fast slap lines.

However, it can be really, really tough to get started with. So I’ve provided a really easy riff that should help a lot with the absolute basics of the technique (single downstroke and upstroke).

Easy Double Thumb Riff

The following riff is a great exercise for practicing the basic double thumb up stroke. We have very few notes to hit and they are spaced apart. This gives us a little time to recover. We also have a few pops in there to help with our general positioning.

Before trying the double thumb technique you need to master the rest stroke. Click Here for a lesson on rest stroke and Click Here for a more thorough lesson on the basics of double thumb technique.

Here is the tab and sheet music for the riff:

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