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Posted by mike O on May 02, 2001 at 16:57:15:
In Reply to: Hand Pain posted by Django Pastorius on April 28, 2001 at 11:35:36:
I was strictly and electric bass guy for a long time, switched to upright and could barely play it. Hurt like a mutha. I did many gigs where I could barely get through the tune. Now I play a lot of upright, gigging pretty regularly in jazz and folk/rock settings, and whie I stil get sor eon susustained passages, like bowing a long melody, it's way better. Here's what helped me
1. Getting a good setup by a pro--made a huge difference. Not just lower action, but more even string height and tension
2. Different strings. I was using thom Sprocores, and switched to Helicore pizz light. These are much much softer feeling and easier on the hands. Maybe these are wimpy strings, but I've played a lot of gigs with them and no one's complained. I looked for low tension strings. Less volume, but that's why they make amps
3. Bowing. Knuckling down and practing at least half an hour a day with the bow has made a huge difference. Just scales, taken very slowly, with full concentration, have made a really great difference in everything. The bow shows every error--in intonation, but also in left hand technique. Now I play much more with the tips of my fingers, I get a better pizz tone with more authority, and my hand hurts much less
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