Re: Thumb problems


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Posted by Alfonso on June 21, 2000 at 14:10:43:

In Reply to: Thumb problems posted by Jocke on June 21, 2000 at 09:47:22:

: Hi.

: I'm new to bass, and when I play sometimes I discovered that I push my thumb at the back of the neck. Not hard, by when I've been playing for about 40-60 minutes, the palm of my hand starts to hurt. I've been playing guitar for a while and never had this problem. I'm guessing it's becous it's longer between the frets on a bassī. Do anyone have any good tips for training this bad behaviour of mine away?


It is because you have to help your fretting fingers with your thmub because of the higher pression you have to apply to the strings. The better way to improve the fretting hand position is playing warm up exercises such as this:

--12--13--14--15---------------------------------------------------
------------------12--13--14--15-----------------------------------
----------------------------------12--13--14--15-------------------
--------------------------------------------------12--13--14--15---
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4

1-index finger
2- middle finger
3-ring finger
4-pinky

Play it up and down the neck, moving a fret backwards everytime until you reach the first fret. This is a very good exercise to feel comfotable with your fretting hand position.
Another thing; when you start to feel hurt in your hands I advice you to have a rest. Hand injuries are the worst enemy of the musician.
If you need more help (or this is not very clear) e-mail me.
Enjoy life as it was your music




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