Are you starting to experience pain in your wrists when you play the bass?
If so, it’s likely that you have sharp wrist angles whenever you’re playing.
Here’s how to avoid those bad wrist angles and get back on the path toward feeling good again when you play the bass.
Here’s how to hold a bass guitar and avoid bad wrist angles
Even the best bass players will have a bad wrist angle when playing the bass.
It becomes a problem when these wrist angles are occurring often for a prolonged period of time. Carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and wrist pain is likely to occur when the wrist is often in this position.
Follow these tips to avoid bad wrist angles when playing the bass:
- The higher the bass is on your body, the less likely your fretting hand will have a bad wrist angle. But, your plucking hand will likely have a sharp bend.
- The lower the bass is on your body, the less likely your plucking hand will have a bad wrist angle. But, your fretting hand will likely have a sharp bend.
- Keeping your plucking hand palm close to the bass will keep your wrist from floating out. When the palm moves away from the bass, the wrist will bend too much.
- If your plucking thumb fixes on a string, your wrist is likely bend when you start playing the D and G strings. Try using a floating/hovering thumb instead.
- If you are sitting while playing your bass, try angling your bass, where the headstock is above your knee. This angle will keep your wrist neutral for your fretting hand. When the bass is flush with your body, it becomes hard not to have a bad wrist angle with your fretting hand.
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