So I luckily have never had the issue that @JoshFossgreen always warns about where beginners pull up and away from the body. The “right” way to do it was the natural thing I did when I first picked up a bass with absolutely zero experience (the salesman even commented on in in the store). But one thing I am wondering about is where to place my hand/fingers.
—I am only talking about “standard” plucking right now. Not slapping or any other alternative style—
I notice that @JoshFossgreen usually* has his thumb anchored about on the center of the pickup and his fingers travel across the pickup in the appropriate fashion, regardless of which string he is playing.
I have noticed that anytime I am hot on a string instead of directly on the pickup, unless I am paying attention to my hand placement, my right hand tends to drift…I suppose ‘down’ would be the proper musical term…it drifts towards the neck and my thumb usually ends up just on the neck side of the pickup.
I can take some pics if it would help, but essentially, when I anchor on the E or A string, the pad of my thumb is on the string like it should be, but the tip of my thumb is against the bass body (no pick guard) and the side of my thumb (what would normally be the outside edge of you hold your right hand out in front of you, palm forward) is against the neck side of the neck pickup. Geez, that was confusing.
Is this a bad habit I need to break or just a part of my unique style?