Posted by Carol Kaye on November 17, 2000 at 14:24:33:
In Reply to: Just to let you all know....am now playing/recording with Fender Precision Deluxe Lyte posted by Carol Kaye on November 17, 2000 at 14:15:34:
This is the same bass I just did my seminars with at the Seattle EMP Museum recently. At my Berklee College seminars in Boston, I used Rich Appleman's 1964 Fender Precision (photos up soon on website) and it was in great shape, but still had that imbalance of the neck. The new Precision Deluxe Lyte doesn't, it's almost perfectly balanced. Has the widest range of sounds too. I don't see why people play with so much weight, you don't need weight to sound great.
Plus, the more weight you put on that left shoulder (I don't care how many straps you use, or how wide they are - it's all the same weight), it's very very dangerous to not only your neck, your shoulder but your health in general.....affects the trigeminal nerves that influence the biggie, the vagus nerve which controls much of your body. Does a lot of damage to stand up with a heavy bass, doesn't matter how manly you are....you're doing yourself in with weight on those muscles, ligaments, that are constantly pulling. Do yourself a favor and if you have a heavy bass, sit down....or, the best solution, is get a lighter bass. You have no idea how many people are suffering in silence out there....I still teach a lot, give seminars everywhere, and they're all hurting from weight, doesn't matter who they are.
You shouldn't hurt to play - if you do, something is wrong. Either the weight of the bass, or your left-hand technique (or if the right hand, it's in the technique being wrong). No-one should hurt to play bass, there are ways to play a lot and still feel good after the gig for many years.
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