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Posted by jimmyt on February 07, 2000 at 12:59:38:
In Reply to: Re: Where does it Go? posted by paige on January 19, 2000 at 22:07:57:
Hello Greg - What Paige says is true. The following is a paraphrase of what I left on Libster's site a few days ago: I had my own rather nasty experience with tendonitis about five years ago. I misinterpreted a Stanley Clark interview when I was in high school concerning thumb placement and pinched the neck between thumb and middle finger. Worse though was the fact that I tried to keep the thumb at right angle to the neck; in short emulating a cellist's or upright player's approach. I played like this for years. Wrong! Years of bending my left wrist to get a "good" angle and finger spread on the neck set off the tendon in my thumb. As a result my bass sat in its case for five months (almost lost my mind). A very good doctor in who specializes in arts performance medicine set me right though. He changed my stance, bass height(lower) and, most importantly, my hand positioning on the neck. I was back playing the same day and (like Paige) can now play for much longer periods than before. Look at any good string player (any instrument) and you'll notice that they do their best not to create an angle between the hand and the wrist; they only curve their fingers. I'm no doctor but please feel free to e-mail me concerning any of this (you too Paige - I'd like to compare notes). If you're experiencing numbness and/or pain after 30 minutes, then you are doing yourself damage. - Jim
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