Re: left arm cramp

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Posted by David Kaczorowski on August 24, 2000 at 14:17:30:

In Reply to: left arm cramp posted by Jason on August 24, 2000 at 13:56:22:

: the bass player in my rockabilly-type band keeps getting cramp in his left arm. It seems that the whole of his left forearm goes stiff and kind of locks up after a while when he plays fastish stuff, leaving him with no strength in his fingers. He is fairly new to upright bass so there may be some problem in his technique or the instrument itself(it's sort of home-made). Can anyone help please?

He's just starting out, so he hasn't yet developed the right muscles. If he's
not studying with a teacher, he almost certainly has poor technique. Without
proper technique he'll never develop the right muscles and will injure himself.
If his bass hasn't been set-up by a qualified luthier, it should be.

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