Posted by David Kaczorowski on August 30, 2000 at 09:46:42:
In Reply to: Re: back hurts posted by Reed on August 30, 2000 at 02:35:25:
: : I have just started to play upright extensively and practicing daily I get this weird back pain...should I stretch out my back before I play?
: : Yes, That's a good Idea, but I'll bet it's not the only reason your back hurts.
: I bet you're standing like that picture in the Simandl book, with legs straight and bending at the waist. If this is an accurate description, then you are doing the Classic wrong Stance.It's hard to describe in words, but You should have your knees slightly bent, with the Bass Leaning towards you, And your eyes about even with the nut. Or You could choose to use a stool, a lot of players do that also.
Using a stool can be just as bad if not worse for your back and circulation.
Stretch before and after you practice. As a beginner, don't practice for long
periods of time. FWIW, I stand a couple of different ways. It's hard to stand
for long periods in the same position. In both stances my feet are just a little
wider than shoulder with apart, with a slight bend in my knees. In one stance
my left foot is slightly forward, in the other it's my right. I lean over only
as far as I have to to be able to reach up the neck.
Now go out and find a teacher. If you had a teacher, he'd show you how to stand
and your pain would have been avoided in the first place.
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