Here Are The Best Tips On How To Avoid Wrist Angles On The Bass

technique Oct 01, 2018
 

Playing with wrist angles on the bass is common, even among professional bass players.

Where it becomes a problem is when you are playing with acute wrist angles for a prolonged period of time.

As a result, you can experience wrist pain and maybe even get carpal tunnel syndrome later on.

Here are the best tips on how to avoid wrist angles on the bass so that you stay pain free!

How To Avoid Acute Wrist Angles When Playing The Bass!

  1. The higher your bass is on your body, the less likely your fretting hand wrist will experience a sharp angle. However, your plucking hand wrist will likely experience a sharp angle.
  2. The lower your bass is on your body, the less likely your plucking hand wrist will experience a sharp angle. However, your fretting hand wrist will likely experience a sharp angle.
  3. So, explore wearing your bass at different heights and try to strike the most comfortable balance for both of your wrists.
  4. To avoid sharp wrist angles with your plucking hand, keep the palm/base of your thumb on the surface of your bass. You do not need to push against the bass. Keeping your palm/base of your thumb on the surface of the bass will keep your wrist from pushing forward. When your wrist pushes forward, you will experience a sharp angle with that wrist.
  5. If you anchor your thumb on your pickup, you will likely experience sharp wrist angles when you play the higher strings of your bass. If you play 5-string or 6-sting bass and fix your thumb on the pickup or the lowest B-string, the angle of your wrist will be more dramatic. So, explore floating your thumb. Have your thumb follow along with your hand as you play the higher strings. This will keep your wrist from pushing forward.
  6. If your bass is flush with your body, your will likely experience sharp wrist angles with your fretting hand wrist. Instead, explore pointing your bass forward, similar to holding a shotgun. If your headstock is above your knee, your bass will be pointing forward and your fretting hand wrist will remain neutral.

Do You Have Physical Pain When Playing The Bass?

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, I recommend checking out this book. There are a few exercises in there that I found to be really helpful! 

End Your Carpal Tunnel Pain Without Surgery (3rd Edition)
(https://amzn.to/2QfWRva)

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