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Posted by El Pájaro (188.8.131.52) on March 14, 2002 at 06:51:45:
In Reply to: hand problems posted by matt on March 12, 2002 at 16:56:46:
: Ive been playing bass for years now and am always having hand problems, I got carpel tunnel from a car accident. are there any warmups or stretches i can do to help this. And my new band played 3 great gigs in 4 days but now ive got big blisters on my plucking fingers, whats the best advice for helping/ preventing this?
As far as the CTS problem goes, it is a serious issue, and you should get medical advice QUICK. Mind you, I'm no medical doctor, but I've read and heard about musicians who had bad problems with, or related to, CTS and had to go through surgery or prescription drug treatment. But one thing's for sure: it will only get worse unless you get some medical advice.
Regarding the blisters, well, we all had them. The only advice I could give you is try to forget about them and keep playing your bass with roundwound strings. Eventually, you'll develop a callus in your fingertips thick enough to play for long hours without feeling any pain.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,
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