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Posted by greg (184.108.40.206) on July 05, 2003 at 04:20:17:
In Reply to: Finger Injury/Wierdness Question posted by Bri on April 10, 2003 at 13:55:59:
I was shocked when I read your story - cos exactly the same is happening to me too, only to my middle finger! I've been a bassist for 14 years also, a pro for the last 5 years with plenty of studio sessions and gigs, I also had a pop-star carrier for 3 years in my country (Hungary).I didn't have any injuries yet I practiced technique really heavily; up to 4-5 hours a day for many years. But step by step I found I was losing my right hand stability instead of progressing - I almost quit music academy 6 months before finishing.. I had to switch to playing with a pick. I have the same shit with my middle finger, but I don't feel any pain at all. No physicians have been able to help but some said there might be a damage in the nervous system that blocks the commands the brain is sending to the fingers. Information from the brain to the body is going through the spinal cord. Bass players spend a lot of time sitting while practicing, also they hang the bass while standing - which means a lot of pressure on the spinal cord, yet no relief. Could be. Now I'm getting into meditation, trying to teach myself to relax and let this problem go. I also just pluck the strings without really wanting anything to play on my bass - I just hang around: no musical phrases, no goals, only effortless physical training - just like people learn to walk or speak again after an accident. You have to crawl before you walk. I'm still unable to use my right hand but things are much better than they used to be 2 years ago when this thing started. Yet I'm having fun playing with a pick - I found it sounds much better in some musical situations (not only rock..). That's about it. I basically started from the very beginning, knowing some day I'll be given great rewards for my efforts. Please let me know ASAP if you could find any solutions or heard anything useful.
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